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David & Esther

Host Profile

    My Property

    Property Name

    High Valley Garden

    Business Type

    Hobby Farm

    Farming methods

    Organic

    Short Property Description

    High Valley Garden Pty Ltd – pesticide free property growing 180 varieties of veg and 82 varieties of fruit for own use and local sales in the Omeo, Vic region. The property is off grid, relying on solar and rainwater catchment. My wife and I take pride in growing almost all our own food throughout the year (with the exception of ice-cream and chocolate) and enjoy the mountains in which our little hobby farm is nestled in. We love cycling, running and bush walking and a vegetarian diet of super healthy organic food, picked fresh each meal. In our spare time we work for a non-profit helping survivors of human trafficking, as well as some gardening odd jobs around the area.

    We can  sign off  on your 88 days!

    Full Property Description

    We grow a wide variety of fruit and veggies, all year round so there is always lots of very fresh food to eat and preserve. Some of the preserving is done by drying, or by jamming and also using large preserving jars.

    Trees and bushes need to be mulched, vines trimmed, garden beds weeded and grass mown. Seeds to sow and food to be harvested, cleaned, boxed and sold are all typical jobs to be done. There are also various small construction tasks too – finishing a stone wall, a new pergola, building a 20 seater table are but a few on the wish list!

    Around and on our property you will see an abundance of bird and wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums and the occasional echidna. You’ll be woken each morning by the kookaburra chorus and the sounds of many other forest dwelling birds.

    If you like outdoor pursuits and exercise, you’ve come to the right place! Our region is saturated with things to do and see. In Winter we’re 50mins from Mt Hotham – snowboarding and skiing and back country snow pursuits. Spring and Autumn are wonderful for hiking and picnics by the rivers, fishing, horse riding, swimming, rafting and kayaking. An hour and thirty mins away is the town of Bairnsdale, our regional centre and close by there are the Gippsland Lakes, boating and surf spots along the coast.

    Bairnsdale is the jumping out point if arriving by train. The bus from Bairnsdale to Omeo leaves from the station once a day.

    Telstra is the only phone signal available – smart budget travellers will get an Aldi SIM card which is cheap and uses the Telstra network for full coverage across most of Australia including our area. We have very limited wifi brought to earth via a satellite dish and the home is powered off-grid with solar and only rainwater is available. If you’re looking for a sustainable escape, you’re coming to the right place and we look forward to hosting you at High Valley Garden!

     

     

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We care about our food, so in turn we care about our soil. Animal manures collected locally from the fields, compost and expired plants chopped into the raised beds all rot down to make great additions to the natural organic matter in the soils. Food is grown in careful rotation so soils are not depleted of nutrients. Pesticides are not used.

    Special Conditions

    No smokers please

    Skills WWOOFers can learn here

    Organic practices & techniques, Biodynamic practices & techniques, Permaculture design practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Soil conservation, Mulching, Using & caring for tools, Building, Natural Building techniques, Fencing, Handyman, Bread making, Preserving & processing food, Marketing produce

    My Details

    Name

    David & Esther

    Partners Name

    Esther Caukill

    Gender

    Couple

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    1-2 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation

    Accommodation

    Separate Building

    Other options

    Non-Smoking, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together, Share cooking

    Languages spoken

    English, Japanese, Tagalog. Visayan

    Diets we cater for

    Vegetarian meals

    Why I became a WWOOF Host

    Esther and I are serious hikers and adventurers. We’ve met many lovely WWOOF’s over the years that inspired us to become hosts ourselves, opening our home – and gardens to likeminded folk that would like to stay in a little piece of heaven and eat their way through some amazing food, while helping out with the farm chores!

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