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Heather Bray & David Bray

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    Winmurra

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Short Property Description

    Full Property Description

    This is Heather writing. I am a climate change and environmental activist and enthusiastic sustainablility advocate. Check out the little film, ‘Winmurra Sustainable Living’, our last woofer made over Xmas or our Facebook page.

    Both Dave and I are Zoologists and keen bird watcher/naturalists; loving to guide you to mountain lookouts, rainforest creeks, fantastic sculptured rock pools and cascades of the Doyles River (which wraps around our 1000 wild acres and drops over 200m in 2kms).

    The spring  garden is currently being planted mostly from seed I’ve saved for many years onsite and we have some fruit and vegies new to many like Okinawa spinach, Pepinos, Warrigal Greens and, Golden berries.Also a swag of the more usual salad vegies and herbs ready for our lunchtime feasts.  The well stocked pantry includes olives, walnuts, macadamia nuts and bamboo shoots to name a few and meals are cooked on the old faithful wood stove which also supplies hot water. We are raking grass for mulching and making compost for the new planting beds. Our son Dylan constructs new walking and e-bike trails when he comes and he has GPS mapped 31kms of trails which also serve as walking tracks and firebreaks.

    Our local community is actively transitioning to a resilient future beyond fossil fuels and projects like the “Oxygen Farm”, Community Health Centre and Old Sawmill regeneratation are also part of our experience for you. You will be genuinely welcome & appreciated here. We are “off-grid” on solar power with data limited satelite internet and WiFi available. Long stays welcomed.  We are located approx. 23km from the town of Elands, 68km from Taree, and 100km or 2 hours drive SW from Port Macquarie.

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    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We  collect cow manure from our 3km driveway and slash and rake paddock grass to make a wonderful wormy compost for feeding the extensive edible plantings. We are currently planting summer vegie crops and harvesting and snow peas, broccoli, ruby chard, carrots and salad greens etc Good Tucker is high on our priorities!!

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Biodynamic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Worm farming, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food

    My Details

    Name

    Heather Bray & David Bray

    Partners Name

    no partners

    Gender

    Friends

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

    Accommodation

    Tent, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    Smoking allowed, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for (mixed meals)

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    Well, it was a long time ago now, back in 1989! and I have just bought a new wwoof guest book this year!
    I guess I started because we had alread been living “off-grid”, growing and raising our own food for 10 years at that time and it was such a great life style that I wanted to share it with others and “show them the ropes”. It totally transformed our lives, but for more details we need to be face to face. All else I can say is that our children also gained hugely from interacting with so many visitors from all over the world and all 3 are now happy, sucessful adults, for which I give thanks to everyone who came here to our remote paradise and helped us.

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