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Karen Amanda Holmes

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    Copper Alley Bay Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Short Property Description

    The Cook, her pigs, the Climate Change Scientist & his cows, check us out on Google Earth. We offer great food (sorry no special diets) with interesting conversation in a beautiful valley within bike riding distance of Cygnet and the beach.

    We offer advice on purchasing your own property, cookery, charcuterie-in autumn, market gardening, cookery, preserving and animal husbandry.

    We farm organically and try to live as sustainably as possible, we employ principles of permaculture. Work includes feeding poultry & animals, planting, weeding, mowing, compost making, brewing, fencing, occasional animal slaughter (only if you are interested) and processing & GFM.

    Accommodation for 2 singles within our home, or a couple in our caravan attached to the house, see the picture. Shared meals, mixed diets.

    Can P/U from Cygnet any day or Hobart by arrangement if flight arrives before 3pm on a weekday.

    WWOOFers must be prepared to work independently at times. No smokers. Minimum stay 2 weeks. Initial contact by email, please. WiFi unlimited. If no answer leave message slowly stating your name and number and we will get back to you.

    We want to leave our land in a lot better state than we found it.

    We are supporters of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Australian Conservation Foundation and The Bob Brown Foundation which both preserve old growth forests and special areas of value to flora, fauna and eco-systems.

    Full Property Description

    We have 2 properties located 15 mins apart, one is 25 hectares the other is 50 hectares, both properties have areas of woodland with plenty of wildlife including devils, wombats, potaroos, quolls, wallabies, platypus, rabbits and abundant birdlife. It is possible in autumn and spring to collect mushrooms.

    We have a large vegie garden, herb beds, bees, pigs, dogs, cows, ducks and chickens. We are in the process of re-fencing with wallaby proof fencing.

    Bikes are available for checking out the local area and weather permitting we try to take WWOOFers out in our small boat fishing if they are staying more than 2 weeks, weather permitting.

    We grow food for birds, wildlife and bees as well as ourselves, we want to future proof ourselves against further economic, pandemic, population and political shocks.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We manufacture our own compost and mulch, collect cow poo and cut our own hay once a year. We follow the principles of permaculture

    We are trying to improve the soils in the 2 large vegetable gardens and the orchard and practice rotational grazing with our livestock.

    We are dedicated to leaving the land in a better state than we found it, we have done extensive tree planting and this work continues alongside repairing riparian zones.

    Special Conditions

    Although we are happy to assist you with your English studies, it is important you have some basic English for health and safety reasons, unless you come as a couple with one of you able to translate for the other. We will ask you many questions to help you improve your English.

    We cannot cater for people on special diets.

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    • Provide a private and quiet space for WWOOFers to use to study or work in their free time.
    • Provide access to reliable Internet (unrestricted or unlimited if possible).
    • Have mobile phone access or opportunities for Wi-Fi calling access via Internet.
    • Negotiate flexible WWOOFing times that will facilitate the study or work schedule of their WWOOFers in their free time.
    • Keep the lines of communication open to discuss any issues that may arise with scheduled online meetings, classes or lectures and arrange WWOOFing around these scheduled times.

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    • Communicate prior to arranging a placement with a Host to ensure the Host understands the requirements of their course or work arrangements and agree on how this can be facilitated.
    • Be prepared to negotiate their WWOOFing schedules to fit in with their Hosts needs and arrange their study/work times to fit their free time to the best of their ability, being sure to arrange with the host for any specific scheduled lecture/class/meeting times.
    • Ensure they keep their work/study space clean and tidy.
    • Ensure they make the agreed time available to spend volunteering as well as. helping with meal preparation and or clean up.
    • Keep the lines of communication open and discuss any issues that may arise with scheduled online meetings, classes or lectures and arrange their WWOOFing times around these scheduled times.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Soil conservation, Propagating, Mulching, Pruning, Beekeeping, Animal care, Poultry care, Sheep/goats/cattle care, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Handyman, Wine making, Fermenting foods, Preserving & processing food, Bread making

    Courses and Events

    During autumn we butcher and preserve all our produce, starting in Feb.

    Check out this you tube video to see what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt-sccTV264

    There is a blog at copperalleybayfarm.blogspot.com

     

    My Details

    Name

    Karen Amanda Holmes

    Partners Name

    Dr. Didier Monselesan

    Gender

    Couple

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    3 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

    Accommodation

    In Our Home, Caravan, BYO Accommodation

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, Children allowed by arrangement, Pets allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Share most meals

    Languages spoken

    English French German some Spanish Italian and Japanese

    Diets we cater for

    Mixed meals, some meat, some vegetarian, BYO Special diet foods please

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    We joined WWOOF Australia to meet new people, share some of our knowledge, be challenged in our thinking and challenge WWOOFers in their thinking especially in environmental and climate change matters. I hope every WWOOFer will leave here using less chemicals, plastics and fuel. We like to assist people in planning for the purchase of their own property. Pros and Cons. This summer I will be recovering from knee surgery and just really need help.

    Work and Study Remotely here

    Work and Study Remotely here by arrangement

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