I’m Pete and I’m a 30 year old working and living in Melbourne with my partner, Ellie. I’ve followed a fairly conventional path – graduate from uni, get a grad job, climb the corporate ladder, buy a house…keep climbing. Outside of work, there’s nothing I love more than the simple pleasure of being in the garden and connecting with nature and our food. It’s something that’s been passed down from my grandparents who migrated from Europe – one side were market gardeners, the other had an enormous veggie patch in the suburbs. So when I bought my first house, I naturally opted for a block of land in Ringwood (with space for veggies and fruit trees) while all my friends were buying terrace houses in Northcote. A career in property development has been great to me. But if I’m honest with myself, I still prefer River Cottage over Grand Designs. My dream is for all people to live a more meaningful and sustainable life and to move away from the high consumption, energy intensive lifestyles that has become the norm. I’m passionate about reconnecting with nature and our food, reconnecting with the seasons, sustainably grown food, decentralised food networks and regenerative agriculture – and hopefully we can do this together. Some other things I enjoy…walking, camping, travelling, sport, family, friends, cooking, reading, sweating (from a good day’s work), eating, learning new things.
Why I joined WWOOF
To connect with like-minded people, learn, work, and participate in regenerative models/systems. This is something I’ve been contemplating for some time, and in the current environment we’ve been forced to re-assess out priorities on an individual and collective level. I’m very fortunate in that I have a stable job (in such uncertain times) and an extremely supportive partner who encourages me to follow my (unconventional) dreams. Our dream is to own a small scale regenerative farm and to one day open it up to the public as a way of connecting to others and the community, and (with a bit of luck) be a source of inspiration for others to downshift and choose a more sustainable and intentional life.
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Skills I would like to learn
Organic Practices, Permaculture/Biodynamics, Gardening, Pruning, Propagating, Composting, Soil conservation, Biodynamics practices and techniques, Mulching, Animal Care, Mustering, Beekeeping, Worm farming, Fencing, Building, Natural building methods, Tool making, Using and caring for tools, Handyman, Dairy, Cheese making, Preserving food, Wild food foraging, Fermenting food, Bread Making, Wine making, Marketing produce