Short Property Description
Ours is an old-fashioned farm, mixed certified organic and biodynamic in conversion, set in a stunning valley in the foothills of the Richmond ranges National Park. We grow some vegetables (mainly for the household), berries and a mixed fruit and nut orchard, for our own use at this stage.
Our animals are our main focus. They include a few Jersey cows, with their calves, a couple of beef steers for meat. And our fledgling herd of Galloways. We also have seven heritage breeding sows and three boars, and their offspring. They are sold direct to our beautiful organic butcher, Brisbane Organic Meats in Ormiston. So once every month we should have a new litter, so always babies here. Our latest acquisition is a small flock of Wiltipoll sheep, due to arrive very soon.
In addition we have poultry, Pekin ducks for eggs and meat, a mixed flock of chickens that produce gorgeous eggs daily. Although we are cutting back on the ducks and changing our chicken flock out. Finally, we have 10 guinea fowl, noisy, messy and often down-right annoying, but they eat ticks and keep snakes away.
Other animals, we have two beautiful ginger cats for vermin control, mainly in the sheds, and a beautiful, loveable and majestic livestock guardian dog, a two- year-old Maremma, called Baci and an adorable young Smooth-Haired fox terrier, called Dennis and our newest baby, Molly, a cheeky Kooli x Smithfield puppy.
Organic/Biological methods we use
We farm using biodynamic methods. We have both organic and biodynamic in-conversion status.
We use mainly no-till methods of cultivation, except in the veggie garden and any areas under cultivation and use managed grazing, pigs, cattle and chickens along with biodynamic preparations to cultivate and maintain our land.
Skills WWOOFers can learn here
Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Biodynamic practices & techniques, Regenerative Agriculture practices & techniques, Syntropic farming practices, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Environmental recovery/regeneration work, Animal care, Poultry care, Sheep/goats/cattle care, Dairy, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Building, Handyman, Cheese making, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food, Bread making, Marketing produce, Bushfire Recovery – for visa extension
Preferred length of Stay
Diets we cater for
Work and Study Remotely here
Work and Study Remotely here by arrangement
Why I became a WWOOF Host
We have a passion for organic and biodynamic farming that we love to share. We enjoy our work, our food and good company, so sharing is us 😊. We love to teach and currently can offer to sign off for 2nd year visa under bushfire affected region status and offer placements to those undertaking distance learning or remote work.