About the farm
This is a permaculture small farm on the edge of Violet Town, just 800m from the train station. The farm is well established, as most tree planting was done between 1996 and 2000.
We have a large established fruit and nut orchard, an olive grove, vegetable gardens, chickens, milking goats, bees, forestry for shelter and timber, and large dam for irrigation and swimming. Our house is made of timber and mudbrick, and we catch our own water. Most of our food comes from the house garden and farm, including a huge range of fresh fruit all year round, a range of vegetables for each season, eggs, honey, cheese, olive oil, nuts and home killed or hunted meat. We eat shared meals, most of which are vegetarian.
Learning exchange may include…
Farm and garden work, combined with learning, and share of household tasks, including food preparation from farm ingredients. Depending on your skills and interests and our needs, tasks can include caring for our vegetable gardens, orchard, goats and chickens, cheese making and other food processing (tapenade, preserves, etc.), fruit picking and grading, bee keeping and honey extraction, forestry, beer brewing and bottling, and sometimes building and building maintenance. Summer routine includes putting on a stall at a farmers’ market some weekends, which visitors may help with, or come along for the ride, by arrangement. Weekends are mostly free time other than a share of basic animal and household tasks.
Accommodation and travel
At present, summer sleeping spaces are large furnished tents big enough to stand up in, under shady trees, with electricity connected. Or our new open-air loft. For people who stay longer our small cob cottage or an indoor space are sometimes available. In winter there is some indoor sleeping space, and also the option of the tents in sunny positions.
Wifi and small library of self-reliance/permaculture books available. David teaches and consults in permaculture.
Travel to here is easy: 2hrs from Melbourne by train directly to Violet Town station or via Benalla if coming by train from Sydney. Minimum stay 2 weeks, longer can be better.
Applying for learning exchange
Please make initial contact by email. In your application, please ensure that you outline your work experience, what study you have done, your skills, passions and interests, explain why you are applying to come here, and include at least one photo of you. We like to see your smiling face. References can be helpful.
Helping here suits people who enjoy being active and productive doing well organised work, learning as you go, and are seriously interested in self-reliant sustainable living, Doing-It-Ourselves culture, and organics.