Archive for January, 2009

Volunteering at our Urbanfarm

January 4, 2009

Are you interested in volunteering at our Urban Farm?

We invite people genuinely interested in learning about sustainable living and organic farming through the Wwoof program or HelpX

If you would like to apply please use the contact details via these programs.

Please provide us with,

  • you full name,
  • why you want to visit at our home,
  • your hobbies/special interests,
  • when and how long you would like to stay,
  • previous experience,
  • your contact details,
  • your program ID number,

Please remember to put volunteer in the subject heading so your email does not end up in spam.

We will let you know via email or phone if we have a vacancy.

Wwoofa Work is 6 hour each day.

If you are visiting for a week, please plan to have two days off at the end of your stay.

Type of work can include,

  • gardening
  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • cleaning/feeding pets
  • home-repairs
  • volunteering at schools and community gardens

Joining in with all household and outside chores is expected.

We have a variety of different animals. We practice natural animal training, management and diet methods.

Finding Us

We are ½ an hour by car from the Melbourne CBD.

Tram from the city will take about 45 minutes, with a five minute walk from the tram stop to our home.

Accommodation

A double futon in our spare room. We provide all bedding and meals.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

  • We can not accept Working Visa.. We are not in the right postcode area of Australia.
  • No smoking on our property or within view of our child.
  • No perfumes, sprays, chemical based products, we consider them dangerous to the environment and our health, we do not want them used or disposed of in our. Natural personal products only I.E. Biodegradable shampoo, soaps etc ..
  • We eat meat, are gluten free and we are on an limited income, we can not cater for special diets or fussy eaters.
  • You MUST have a sun hat, clothing and outdoor footwear suitable for dirty outside work.
  • We only accept visitors with Photo ID and with active membership to Wwoof or HelpX.
  • All visitors will need a police check from their country of origin. Australian visitors have an option of obtaining A Working with Children check, which is available for free for volunteers from Australia.

Tessa and Justin Wwoofing adventure

January 1, 2009

Hello everyone! We would like to tell you a little bit about our adventures while staying at Pete and Deb’s.  First off our names are Justin and Tessa and we are a Canadian couple here in Australia to experience and learn about Australian daily life.

Tessa and Justin Christmas Eve

Tessa and Justin Christmas Eve

We found Pete and Deb’s description in the wwoof book very unique in the sence that it is a residential property transformed into an organic farm.  We arrived here on December 20th with the intention of only staying a week but we were having so much fun we decided to stay for another week.

Pete providing the entertainment

Pete providing the entertainment

It was a busy time with preparing for Christmas and the New Year.  Christmas prep included a backyard makeover, to setting up a huge tent in the driveway,  to the crazyness of midnight shopping.  What we learned most during our stay at Pete and Debs was how much fun it can be to have a front yard transformed into an organic haven.

Chook House

Chook House

It is very easy to maintain and you produce very little rubbish because virtually everything can be reused or composted in some way.  One big project included setting up an old steal frame carport by the kitchen window to grow grapes up and help shade the house.

Justin cutting pieces for shade frame

Justin cutting pieces for shade frame

Tessa putting up the shade frame

Tessa putting up the shade frame

We also had lots of fun looking after Sophia and her friends that came around.   Justin really enjoyed learning how to home brew beer with Pete

Justin making beer

Justin making beer

Tessa making pumkin pie

Tessa making pumkin pie

and Tessa enjoyed doing lots of baking and cooking with Deb.  We will always remember out stay at Deb and Pete’s it was a great 2 weeks.  Thank you Deb and Pete for your awesome hospitality and friendly family environment you provided us with.

Deb and Pete Christmas Day

Deb and Pete Christmas Day

Oh yeah! When we get home we are definitly building a chook coop to provide ourselves with our own eggs as well as setting up a home brew system. Thanks again!!

Justin and Tessa