Grant McGifford

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods

    Permaculture

    Short Property Description

    The Haven Organic Farm is a beautiful 5 acre farm on river. Close to Mullumbimby town. Access to nearby swimming holes, and 10 min drive to beaches. Productive areas include market gardens, kitchen garden, orchards, nursery & pasture integrating organic and Permaculture principles. Tasks include tree & vegetable planting, mulch & compost production, propagation & building projects, weeding & general farm maintenance. Accommodation for up to 2 adults in our separate self contained room 20 hrs of work a week. Children and families welcome. (We have a 7 year old daughter, Elvia). No smoking on property unless 60 metres away. Initial stay 2-7 days. Longer stays neg. We love sharing experiences and listening to new ideas. Please text, call or email or look up The Haven Organic Farm. Grant has a range of experience growing food and managing farms, having started in horticulture 43 years ago, then creating a landscaping business in Sydney for 8 years. He completed a Permaculture Design Certificate 35 years ago and upgraded the landscaping business to an edible landscape business shortly after. He then opened 3 nurseries in Sydney selling organic herbs, vegetables and ferns. He worked in the Findhorn Community in Scotland for 3 years looking after a nursey section, market garden and a large tunnel house growing summer crops. Directly after that he managed a 1 ½ acre market garden supplying vegetables to The Columbus Hotel on the Isle of Iona. Grant has been working with internationally renowned permaculturist, Geoff Lawton on a regular basis making permaculture videos for over 6 years. As a family we have been hosting Willing Workers on Organic Farms for over 18 years. We are looking for an energetic person with a strong work ethic with a physical working background and general gardening experience is preferred. There are also many building projects so any skill in that area is a bonus. This experience would suit someone who wants to learn how to manage land and grow their own food organically or is interested in becoming a permaculture teacher, designer, landscape gardener, nursery manager or market gardener.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    Organic, permaculture and biological

    My Details

    Name

    Grant McGifford

    Partners Name

    Paula Williams

    Gender

    Family

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    3 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    3-7 days, Longer stays by negotiation, Whatever suits

    Accommodation

    In Our Home, Separate Building

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Eat separately, Share most meals

    Languages spoken

    English and Spanish

    Diets we cater for

    Mixed meals, some meat, some vegetarian

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    We love the support from our WWOOFer friends for all the ongoing projects on the property and love the culture exchange. We also enjoy offering some education in organic agriculture, permacuture and horticulture.

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