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Graham and Kristina Holdaway

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    Carmyllie

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods

    Permaculture

    Short Property Description

    375 acre forest and farm with the majority in plantation forestry. Charcoal kiln to utilise waste wood. Large vegetable garden.
    Hot house with raised beds.
    Boer goats to eat blackberries

     

    Full Property Description

    We are transitioning our forestry towards a multi species, mixed age forest of saw logs.  Existing crops were established on a commercial plantation forestry model.  We want to adopt a more European sustainable yield model in time.

    We are fencing to allow us to get back to having cattle and chickens in the near future.

    We have lots of kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, blue tongue lizards and all sorts of birds.

    There is a variety of work and we put a lot of effort into explaining what we are doing and why.  We try to teach skills – even if they are skills you may not use again.

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We are influenced most by Permaculture – but we also have quite traditional farming roots.  We make a lot of compost.  We make and use biochar produced from a Kon Tiki flame curtain kiln.

    We are planting and caring for a variety of indigenous and exotic tree species.  We recover firewood from our forest following the Permaculture principle – take a yield.

    We love having cattle and managing them in a gentle, low stress ways.  When we have cattle again we will use electric fencing to allow rotational grazing.

    We use non-organic chemicals occasionally – where it seems efficient to do so.  We never ask WWOOFers to use chemicals.

    Special Conditions

    You will stay with us in our 3 year old house.  Mixed diet – we’re not vegetarian, but happy to cater to people who are.  Non-smokers preferred – definitely no smoking in the house. Prefer stays of 1 week or more, negotiable after the first few days. Very warm house as we use our wood for the under floor heating.

    We are really in the country – Ballarat is 20 minutes drive.  We are happy to take you to Ballarat on days off.  Ballarat is 90 minutes by train from Melbourne.

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Worm farming, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Building, Fencing

    My Details

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    3 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation, Whatever suits

    Accommodation

    In Our Home

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Share cooking

    Languages spoken

    English, Indonesian

    Diets we cater for

    All diets catered for (mixed meals)

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    We became hosts to meet young people travelling – as we once did.  And to get a bit of help.

    We stay hosts because of the joy WWOOF hosting has been – 150 plus mainly young people who (almost uniformly) have been a credit to themselves and the people / communities that raised them.

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