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Heidi Dallimore

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    My Property

    Property Name

    Virtue Farm

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Short Property Description

    Virtue Farm is a 33 acre property overlooking Fraser Island, and includes 27 acres of remnant forest which will never be developed. The forest is an oasis for bird life and other animals and is great for walking.  We are 10 minutes from Hervey Bay and 10 minutes from the Fraser Island Barge that leaves from River Heads.  We have an existing permaculture garden and are upscaling to small farm size. Our house block is 1.5 acres and backs on to the farm land.  We are in the beginning stages of becoming a commercially viable farm, so you will be helping to establish our property.

    We ask for five hours of work per day per person, depending upon the type of work and we can be very flexible in this regard. This could include farm work, vegetable patch work, caring for the chooks, moving small saplings, rock picking, planting, mulching, weeding, harvesting, fencing, land clearing and chopping wood  and general home maintenance. If you have any specific skill base or interest we are open to negotiation. In return, we will supply an evening meal shared with us and you can prepare your own breakfasts and lunch from what we supply. Accommodation  for 4 in a granny flat downstairs, we have 1 room with two king single beds – can be joined to make a king, 1 room with a queen size bed. We can accommodate singles and couples. Mixed diet and a mix of vegetarian and meat based meals.  Whilst we have some capacity to cater for vegans, we will have to learn from you to assist us to cater for your needs and are willing to do so within limits.
    Internet access is available close to the house.

    Virtue Farm  acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Butchulla people, where we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

    Full Property Description

    Welcome to Virtue Farm, so named because it is on Virtue Ave Booral, as well as the word fitting our beliefs. The word virtue can be a trait or disposition of character that leads to good behaviour. One example is that someone with virtue displays wisdom, courage, kindness, good manners, courtesy, modesty, generosity, and self-control in their life. They treat others fairly and esteem others highly and value the sanctity of life. They treat others better than they are treated. Someone who has virtue has good moral ethics.
    Ten years ago, we started a vegetable and fruit garden using permaculture principles based on Linda Woodrow’s methods. We have been growing fruit and vegetables in an organic manner where chooks are part of the garden and recycling and re-using is premium. We let nothing organic leave site, either composting, mulching, feeding to chooks or repurposing.

    We have loved the journey and the bounty this has supplied and are now scaling this up to a small farm size. One of our goals is to share our experiences with others to generate the same types of interest in sustainable food production.

    We love cooking and work hard to preserve any gluts of produce.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We are creating a chemical free, sustainable farm using permaculture principles.

    Special Conditions

    Currently, much of the work is laborious and repetitive.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Beekeeping, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Handyman, Preserving & processing food

    My Details

    Name

    Heidi Dallimore

    Partners Name

    John van Zanten

    Gender

    Couple

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    4 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    3-7 days, 1-2 weeks

    Accommodation

    In Our Home, Separate Building

    Other options

    No Smoking Inside

    Meal Procedures

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

    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for

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