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Giri Mazzella & Jo Field

Host Profile

My Property

Property Name

Bundagen Co Operative Community

Farming methods

Organic

Business Type

Hobby Farm

Short Property Description

Bundagen Co- Operative Community and wildlife sanctuary founded in 1981. It has about 120 residents spread out through the 880 acre native  forest sanctuary, surrounded by beach, Pacific Ocean and Bongil Bongil National Park.

Bundagen Co Operative Community is about halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, on the east  coast  of Australia. 30 minutes to the north is south of Coffs Harbour, 25 minutes north of groovy transition town Bellingen and just off the Pacific Highway.

The entire community is Off Grid; all houses are solar powered and sourced by rainwater and the community water supply. permaculture, biodynamics, aiming for sustainable lifestyle, homesteading, building, recycling, handyman, ferro cement, earthship, hugel kulturs, regenerative agriculture, pizza oven build, regenerative agriculture

Full Property Description

Our hand built home of rammed earth bricks, round bush poles and recycled materials has grown over the last 25 years and is part of the Bananas Village cluster of houses, just a 5 min stroll to the beach.

Gently sloping orchard & vegetable gardens with subtropical & Mediterranean fruit trees & flowers. Inspired by permaculture and biodynamics, meditation, saving the planet etc .

Work includes small building projects;(cement and stone, brick, recycled material to make arches, walls, small decorative plinth bases for columns), clearing and stacking  materials  after building, some workshop benches  and shelves need making too!, earth-ship inspired medieval firewall made from river-stone and recycled bricks, ferro cement, hiding all our building waste and useless plastic landfill with these-mixing small batches of sand cement and water to help on small projects.- one day at a time!

Gardening; weeding, planting, harvesting, pruning, seeding, adding to the hugel kulturs, watering, solar drying, mulching, cooking etc. Occasional handyman projects fixing up things, painting, tidying up workshop areas, restacking, re organising resources(timber, tiles, tools). Cleaning the house-dusting cobwebs, cleaning windows and surfaces etc). We love to work  hard, and at the end of the day enjoy good food, conversation and a good laugh.

We enjoy the richness our volunteers bring to our lives especially laughter, connection and the satisfaction of  completing a project on our sustainable permaculture inspired homestead.  Giri has worked in the Arts/ Health field for decades as Humour Therapist/Musician/community artist performer/clown. Jo works as a counsellor and community educator, mainly with parents and teens.

Accommodation for 1, 2, or 3 people in  visitors’ hut, guest room, caravan or BYO camping/car. We are 25 minutes drive form groovy transition  town Bellingen.

Sometimes we attend community working bees with our WWOOFer guests. These are usually some sort of garden clean up at a members site or around a community building and are also a social event. We like to vary the work to make it a balance mix of priority and interest for all. Work hours are about 5 hours per day.morning tea break. flexible programming; some people like to get all work done in a block and have rest of day free or some people like to break it up.

Sunday is ”no machine noise” day on the community and is the usual day off. Recently I have been assisting my neighbours to get helpers as well:Peter is an active 80 something who needs help with some garden jobs, small building assistance and tasks about the house, assisting with accompanying Barbara while  shopping, and my other neighbour Wendy needs help in the garden. They are both experienced hosts and are interesting friendly, well travelled people who eat well and enjoy a good laugh.

All Bundagen members are covered by the WWOOF host arrangement- though not all regularly host WWOOFers.

Organic/Biological methods we use

No pesticides used.

Natural organic methods used  inspired by Permaculture and Biodynamics .We integrate our gardening to use  compost, hugel kulturs etc.

Special Conditions

Not children. Mixed diet. Non smoking. At present we are eating a paleo inspired diet of clean locally sourced fish, meat and lovely vegetables and fruits.

Our WWOOF guests; we prefer an initial visit minimum 3 days – afterwards can negotiate a longer stay .  Sunday is a no machine  noise day on Bundagen and usually we have a no work day :))

We love it when everyone is enjoying their stay and the work – please let us know how we can support this.

Skills WWOOFers can learn here

Organic practices & techniques, Biodynamic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Wild Food Foraging, Worm farming, Using & caring for tools, Building, Natural Building techniques, Handyman, Preserving & processing food, Bread making, Off Grid Living skills

Courses and Events

Regular yoga, soccer, music jams, coffee club, bush regeneration group, weeding group etc.

My Details

The Stay

Can Accommodate

2 WWOOFers

Preferred length of Stay

3-7 days, 1-2 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

Accommodation

Separate Building, Caravan, Tent, BYO Accommodation

Other options

Non-Smoking, No Smoking Inside, No Children

Meal Procedures

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

Languages spoken

Italian, some French, small German, some Spanish . I love learning languages!

Diets we cater for

Fish based meals, Meat based meals, Vegetarian meals

Why I became a WWOOF Host

Grow, harvest, process, share together, eat together, laugh together, and care for our planet.

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