Motivated and respectful couple interested in your lifestyle and your farming methods. Ready to roll up the sleeves and transform or just maintain your beloved property including all the cute little and not-so-little-anymore animals. Fran (IG franziskaekhard) is smart, curious, and the loudest applauder for puns and sustainability. In her past life, Fran was a busy bee at a global engineering company moving from Germany to the heart of Melbourne’s CBD about 7 years ago. Then, came the forest bathing. She volunteered at a start-up named Reducing Our Footprint. She also initiated Skill Share Hell Yeah, where people catch up and casually share sustainability themed skills.
Ash (IG asher_spargo) grew up in a small fishing town in WA. His Dad is a landscape gardener and fisherman and took Ash often with him on the boat, which thought Ash 2 things: tough love (Ash’s alarm went off at 3am) and work ethics. Today he is one of the most-wanted team leaders in his industry. He never says no to hard labour and always says yes to helping others. His team mates love his passion and attention to detail.
Ash worked on farms since he was little. He has heaps of experience in tree planting and pruning. He also has been a trusted assistant for sheep shearing and mustering. These days, he repairs cars for a living and is hands down the handiest man in town. Ash’s diligence and talent for recycling are an asset for any household. Fran is about to graduate from a Permaculture Design Course. In 2018, she did 3 months of farm work in TAS where she picked, packed and pruned. She’s a great cook who can make a 5 star experience out of scraps. Fran’s clever project management skills are a great compliment to Ash’s go-getter energy. We are big tree huggers. We have a big veggie garden, 3 chickens, compost, red cycle bin and everything else you need along your journey of becoming community-sufficient. We DIY veggie patches, chicken coops, watering systems, cleaning products, kombucha, bread, tea, mayonnaise and much more. Our values and skills play around reducing, recycling and reusing. We are also great company! We are grateful and optimistic. Ash is hilarious and kind. He’s a great UNO player too. Fran always knows a good podcast or book or fun fact to the topic and is up for trying new things.
Why I joined WWOOF
We almost bought a house this summer. But instead, we dared, sold our household, and are about to head of to a year of nature’s adventures, friends making, bon fires and farm work. Joining as WWOOFers allows us to combine all those.
We are eager to learn everything there is about growing your own produce and energy-efficient housing and animal keeping. Our plan is to travel, disconnect, reset and eventually start creating our own little farm. Along the way we seek fun and meaningful experiences.
We are tolerant, trusting and respectful and expect the same in return. We strive in well structured and easy-going households within a vibrant community and a quite private place for solitude.
If you say “hell yes” to us – hit that button and message us.
We’re currently staying in West Victoria and will do so until border restrictions allow otherwise.
Languages I speak
Gardening & Permaculture methods – Picking and packing, pruning and planting – Repairing cars and general handy man work – Chicken keeping – Worm farming – Sheep shearing and mustering – Sawing – Fencing – Cleaning – Cooking and baking – Marketing – Wood cutting
Skills I would like to learn
Organic Practices, Permaculture/Biodynamics, Biodynamics practices and techniques, Regenerative Agriculture, Gardening, Propagating, Composting, Soil conservation, Mulching, Pruning, Animal Care, Worm farming, Beekeeping, Dairy, Mustering, Fencing, Building, Natural building methods, Tool making, Using and caring for tools, Handyman, Mechanical, Cheese making, Preserving food, Wild food foraging, Fermenting food, Bread Making, Wine making, Marketing produce, Off-grid living skills, Environmental recovery/regeneration work, Bushfire Recovery – for visa extensions