Short Property Description
Summerleigh is a biodynamic family farm in the Macedon Ranges.
Jack and I are recent city escapees and newbie regenerative farmers, inspired by the likes of Alan Savory, Joel Salatin and Charles Massey.
Our goal is to improve the ecosystem and soils by integration of livestock, mainly cattle and chickens, to produce healthy, chemical free and nutrient dense food and we hope to soon add a small market garden to supplement our direct to market egg and beef business.
We are also in the process of revegetating a sizable wildlife corridor and wetland habitat along the permanent creek in the valley below the homestead and hope to return the gardens around the homestead to their former glory, with an orchard and ornamental flower beds.
Please note: work to be done along the creek qualifies as flood recovery and counts towards your 88-day visa renewal.
In other words, whatever your passion is…horticulture, agriculture, tree planting, ecological restoration, rewilding, biodynamics, permaculture, holistic management, carpentry, fencing, welding, growing, producing and cooking food, rotational grazing, chicken caravans, we almost certainly have something for you to put your hands, enthusiasm and head to.
The homestead is circa 1876 and she is quite a grand old lady, originally built by the Sir William Clarke family for the first owner, John Hurst, esq., in exchange for land in what is now Clarkelfield.
You will be part of the family with your own room in the homestead and as a btw, between us we speak/understand Italian, Spanish, French, German and Danish/Swedish/Norwegian.
Organic/Biological methods we use
We pratices a mix farming methods, with the key driver being that we do not use any chemicals or man-made fertilisers and instead subscribe to biodynamic principles and methods as our primary driver.
Being a regenrative farm, we also use Holistic Managment in our approach to livestock managment and overall farm planning, with permaculture in the mix.
Preferred length of Stay
Diets we cater for
Why I became a WWOOF Host
We are two mature adults and a 7-year old, with our oldest daughter at university in Melbourne and as the saying goes, many hands make for light work.
To do Summerleigh justice and give this beautiful 147 year old lady what she deserves, we need extra hands willing to learn with us along the way and as you will have read above, there are plenty of projects to choose from.
We would love to share our journey with young people who bring with them practical skills, agricultural/horticultural knowledge, but most importantly, enthusiasm for learning and getting your hands dirty.