Kim Wise & Benjamin (son) Wise

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Short Property Description

    Located in a beautiful secluded valley within the mountains in Upper Orara, 13 kms from Coffs Harbour- a 100 acre paradise with a stunning 6 bedroom, 2 storey owner-built (me) mud-brick home including an adjoining 2 bedroom flat.

    A new B & B separate building under construction, only one bedroom ready now. A creek & dam stocked with Silver Perch fish, 5 cattle & 1 Quarter Horse. More cattle coming. The farm has been organic for 36 years and has much potential for growing organic fruit & vegetables with an established garden.

    Work includes gardening, weeding, working with horse (for experienced riders only), fencing, planting out trees, establishing garden beds, maintaining salt water pool, tractor work (only for experienced and licensed).

    Good manners, good attitude to the philosophy of WWOOFing is essential. (Which basically means we help each other and learn better ways to live on this planet.) Experienced in farm work would be helpful.

    Any carpenters, plumbers or mechanics are very welcome. I have been told many times that I am the best WWOOFer cook/chef hostess, I like to spoil my WWOOFers with nutritious and very yummy food. Organic beef grown here on the farm and fish caught from the dam on the farm or in the sea. (Fun fishing lessons on the beach.)

    The best pure unlimited spring water to drink, bathe in and water the gardens. 15 mins to beautiful beaches for fishing, swimming, whale watching etc

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    No chemicals whatsoever have been used for over 36yrs on this property. A keyline plough has been over appropriate slopes and ridges of the property to enhance soil breathability and nutrition long term.

    Other permaculture techniques were adopted in the organic gardens. Cattle have been used to both fertilise and maintain the pasture on the property.

    The quality of the soil has been enhanced greatly by organic management for nearly 40yrs.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Biodynamic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Worm farming, Animal care, Horse care, Sheep/goats/cattle care, Mustering, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Building, Natural Building techniques, Handyman

    My Details

    Name

    Kim Wise & Benjamin (son) Wise

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    4 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    Whatever suits

    Accommodation

    In Our Home, Separate Building

    Other options

    Smoking allowed, Children allowed by arrangement, Pets allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Eat separately, Share some meals, Share most meals, Share cooking, Food provided, cook your own

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    Mixed meals, some meat, some vegetarian, Fish based meals, Meat based meals, Vegetarian meals, BYO Special diet foods please

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    I needed help looking after my piece of paradise on this planet and wanted to keep it healthy for future generations.

    I wanted to do that with like minded people who also had same aspirations and wanted to learn how.

    One of the greatest highlights of my life is to have had this opportunity for the past 12 years with young people from all around the world.

    It has been productive for all parties, adventurous and so much fun.

    So many fond memories and so many new connections all around the world. I love my WWOOFers.

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