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Tanya Healey

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    Tans Acres

    Farming methods

    Biodynamic

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Short Property Description

    We are on 3.5 acres, which doesn’t sound like a lot but we are doing plenty on it. We keep chickens and ducks for eggs and meat. I regularly raise chicks and ducklings to keep the supply up, and there is an almost monthly ‘dispatching’ day. We also keep goats, for milk and cheese (although they are dry at the moment, and due for kids in Feb 2021). They help keep the scrub down as well as being super fun to watch. The vegetable gardens and fruit trees are many and sprawling.  With a variety of organically grown produce to feed my partner and myself.  The aim for our property is to become as self-sufficient as possible, to reduce the amount of waste that comes onto our land, and reduce the amount of money we spend on store bought products. We recycle, reuse just about everything, food scraps go to the animals, and what ever we don’t eat gets composted (including bones!). Check out our profile for more info 🙂

    Full Property Description

    Our property when we purchased it 4 years ago was chest high grass, weeds and scrubby forest.  The first thing that was built was our vegetable garden so that we could start the process of feeding ourselves.

    Our first two goats helped out with the systematic clearing of the bush so that we could prepare to build the house.

    Over the years the garden has evolved from a simple vege patch to a series of beds that rotate crops of seasonal food, herbs, flowers and food for the animals.  And weeds of course.   We utilise our own compost and animal bedding and manure through the gardens to promote enriched soil and worm action.

    Recycling and reusing is paramount around here.  As well as reducing the amount of waste/landfill we bring onto the property.  We don’t buy food that comes in a packet or bag.  Most of the food we eat is from the garden (if it is producing enough) and the animals.  The rest we source from local producers, neighbours and bulk food stores.  We make our own bread everyday and condiments are all home made – tomato sauce, pickles, jams, mayo, dressings etc.

    We have a very large room available for a couple with a queen bed, kitchenette, table for two, TV, lounge as well as your own bathroom.   Wi-fi Internet is available all the time.

    We will keep the fridge and pantry full at all times.  Breakfast and lunch will be up to you to create, dinner will usually be a shared event, or you can do your own thing. We welcome your help with some of the meals every now an then.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we may cater for your needs.

    Typical types of jobs include –

    Mulching, weeding, rock racking, composting, tending to the animals and their housing, creating new garden beds, digging holes, planting seedlings, germinating seeds,   tending to fencing, mowing, whippersnipping to name a few.

    Our property is about 10km to the beach and the shops, so a vehicle would be ideal but we are happy to help out with pick up and drop offs if suitable at the time.

     

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We are a bio dynamic hobby farm at this stage with plans for the future to start a goat dairy in the next year or two.  Permaculture and organic techniques are used to grow our food.

    Special Conditions

    We have two dogs that live with us.  Mac and Lily.  See photos.  They are large dogs.  They are very friendly to people that they know, and quite defensive of our property to strangers arriving.  Once introduced to you, they will include you into their ‘pack’.

    Our doggies are a big part of our lives here.  They sleep inside at night, but are out in the house yard during the day.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Biodynamic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Animal care, Dairy, Using & caring for tools, Handyman, Cheese making, Bread making, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food

    My Details

    Name

    Tanya Healey

    Partners Name

    Brett Rowe

    Gender

    Couple

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-3 days, 3-7 days, 1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation, Whatever suits

    Accommodation

    In Our Home

    Other options

    No Smoking Inside

    Meal Procedures

    Share some meals, Share cooking, Food provided, cook your own

    Languages spoken

    English only

    Diets we cater for

    Meat based meals, Gluten free meals

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    The main reason I became a host was to get a bit of help with the farm work. I try to follow permaculture and organic farming principles, but mostly I guess you could say that we are a bio-dynamic hobby farm with aims to become bigger and better. I am working alone in the gardens most of the time, my partner Brett works full time, and I have just finally quit my terrible brain sucking job to be able to do this full time. And so, I need a hand with some of the physically demanding jobs that pop up.

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