Short Property Description
Papa Organics – Formally known as Papa Juan’s is situated 45km inland from Cairns in Far North Queensland. The farm is 10 hectares and is ideally located on the main highway. There is a daily bus service from Cairns for those travelling without transport. The farm is certified organic by the ACO and grows Kensington Pride and Kent mangoes for drying between the months of December to February. The farm also grows citrus-Red and White grapefruit, Lemons and limes for sale to the fresh fruit market in Australia.
Full Property Description
The farm is certified organic by the ACO and grows Kensington Pride and Kent mangoes for drying between the months of December to February. The farm also grows citrus-Red and White grapefruit, Lemons and limes for sale to the fresh fruit market in Australia. The mango fruit is picked, peeled, sliced and dried in our state of the art dehydrators.
There are four fully self-contained units, each with a TV, fridge and bathroom, with a communal kitchen, laundry facilities and free WIFI available. Food and drinks of your choice will be provided for self catering. You will experience campfire nights and BBQ’s with trips to nearby attractions such as Davis Creek and Emerald End Falls. You will have the use of a car to explore the sites and sounds of this region at your leisure.
Experience the delicious produce on the farm and the Australian Organic Farming experience.
In return of the above facilities and activities we require certain tasks to be carried out on the farm such as weeding, gardening, general maintenance and cleaning.
There will also be picking and packing of the fruit as well as processing of the mango crop when required. The average working day will be approximately six hours, five days a week. No weekend work 🙂
Organic/Biological methods we use
After the season of cultivation has been conducted, the soil loses its nutrients and becomes less in quality. Rather than using harmful chemicals to enhance this soil, organic agriculture focuses on implementing natural ways to not only increase the health of soil but also keep the nature and human health unharmed.
One of the best examples of natural ways to enhance soil is the use of bacteria that is present in animal waste. This bacteria help in making the soil nutrients more productive; much higher as compared to the chemical containing liquids.
Mulching – a process wherein plastic films are used in order to block the growth of weeds
Mowing and cutting – wherein there is a removal of weeds’ top growth.
Pruning and fertilising naturally to encourage tree health.
Encouraging ladybugs, minute pirate bugs and other such predatory beneficial insects that feast on pests and fly away from the farm
Organic agriculture is being conducted by many countries with the rejection of using techniques and chemicals that harm animals, crops, soil, environment and even the human health. Hence, such a process of agriculture should be encouraged since it acts as a protection shield to all the main factors that form the planet.
We are a family with two young children. Wwoofers must be mindful of this and respect our privacy, our children and our farm at all times. Minimum stay 7 days.
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Why I became a WWOOF Host
We would like the opportunity for people to experience our great way of life whilst learning how to farm organically, learning new skills to support sustainable living practices and how to grow fantastic quality organic fruit that is great tasting and good for you.