Graham & Sharon Collins

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Short Property Description

    Ours is an old-fashioned mixed farm, 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 small Jersey dairy herd, and a couple of beef steers for meat. We are soon to get the beginnings of a small herd of Galloways. We also have seven heritage breeding sows and two boars, and their offspring, destined for pork eventually. 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, 28 Pekin ducks for eggs and meat, a mixed flock of about 35 chickens that produce gorgeous eggs daily. Finally, we have 19 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.

    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

    My Details

    Name

    Graham & Sharon Collins

    Partners Name

    Sharon Collins

    Gender

    Couple

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    3 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

    Accommodation

    In Our Home

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, No Children

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Share some meals, Share most meals

    Languages spoken

    English

    Diets we cater for

    Meat based meals

    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.

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