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Marguerite Hackett

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    Kiwi Down Under Organic Farm

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods

    Biodynamic

    Short Property Description

    We live about a three hours drive south of Byron Bay on the mid north coast near Coffs Harbour. We have lived on our beautiful farm over 35 years, growing & supplying organic/Bio-dynamic fruit & veg nationally and internationally. Our personal experiences have been wide in the organic industry & in tourism, teaching the benefits of organic & Bio-dynamic farming.  We have been hosting WWOOFer’s and backpackers for over 30 years and have had hundreds come and stay and be part of our family and some  have remained life long friends.  We were chosen as 1 of 6 farms in Australia to represent Wwoofing by the Irish TV show ‘Wwoofail in Oz’ and were featured as one of the episodes.    It was so much fun.  You can see part of it on YouTube.  Type in Kiwi Down Under Farm and it will come up or go to our website.

    Full Property Description

    We seek the help of WWOOFers to help us continue our work. Our farm is very productive, growing crops of kiwifruit, mangoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, citrus, pecan nuts, lemongrass, bananas & a variety of other crops.  Help includes all aspects of horticulture, harvesting, packing, maintenance, weeding, pruning, planting, fencing etc. ( It all depends on what time of year you visit us).    Accommodation for 4 people in a private self-contained cottage. We provide a food budget for you to self cater.   No children, no smoking. Min stay of 1-2 weeks or longer and time can be agreed after the first few days.   We are open to travellers’ needs & look forward to sharing our knowledge with you and learning about your country and travel stories.  We do not do 2nd year visas.  Wifi internet connection is included.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    Our farm has been organic since  we purchased it in 1981.   The first Bio-dynamic Meeting on the mid north coast was held on our farm back in 1989 and from there we have helped spread the word of Bio-dynamics by example.   We also use Permaculture practices in our design of the farm and have planted thousands of native trees plus grasses to create a balanced eco system while at the same time run a commercial farm/plantings.

    Special Conditions

    We have a lot to teach and show our helpers and it is a very positive experience for all of us when our helpers are interested in farming.   We also ask that helpers speak English, to the best of their ability, whilst socialising with our family.   Wwoofers will need shoes that enclose their feet (not thongs) and old clothes that will not be a problem to get dirty and a good hat and sunscreen.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Biodynamic practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Marketing produce

    My Details

    Name

    Marguerite Hackett

    Partners Name

    Tom Hackett

    Gender

    Family

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    4 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    Whatever suits

    Accommodation

    Separate Building, Caravan

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, No Children

    Meal Procedures

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

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for

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