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We are hosts for the “Willing Workers on Organic Farms” (WWOOF) scheme. You do need to be a WWOOF member with a current book – it costs $60.
We have room for 2 or 3 wwoofers in our guest house, a 3-bedroom cottage next to our house.
Non-smokers please, and note that we eat meat and can’t prepare separate food for special diets.
Conditions and work
Conditions are very comfortable. We require wwoofers to do 4-6 hours a day of work, including keeping the guest house clean.
We provide an evening meal, and wwoofers make their own breakfast and lunch from basics we provide (bread, pasta, noodles, eggs etc, and produce from the garden).
Wwoofers are required to do one hour a day of weeding. Other regular tasks include mowing, planting and watering trees and vegetables, and looking after animals.
We often have some ‘medieval’ tasks that can be done. Past wwoofers have made armour, done woodworking projects, sewn banners and costumes. If you have a special interest, let us know and we can often accommodate that.
Getting a place
We get many more requests for wwoofer places than we can accept.
We don’t take advance bookings, as many wwoofers like to stay longer than they originally intended. We only take booking requests by email, and usually respond within 12 hours.
We ask wwoofers to stay for two weeks initially, so we have time to get to know each other. After a week, we can usually take you into Canberra for the day. Canberra is the national capital, a beautiful and interesting city, well worth a visit.
Often we will then invite wwoofers to stay for longer periods, if space is available. The maximum stay is two months; for those seeking a visa extension, it’s more interesting to have different two wwoofing placements.
We have internet available, for checking emails. It is not to be used for downloading movies, playing internet games or video chat.
There are five television channels, including SBS which has foreign-language news. There is a DVD player and a small video library, or you can hire movies from Goulburn.
The guest house has an excellent library covering permaculture, organic farming, owner building etc. We have many books on medieval crafts next door.
Most wwoofers are concerned about dangerous and poisonous animals in Australia. It’s basically all true, but not likely to be a problem for you. The real danger you face in Australia is traffic accidents on long road trips.
There are poisonous snakes on the property. When walking through long grass, wear boots and long pants, and make some noise. They’ll keep away.
The really big spiders are quite safe, and Australians ignore them. Redback spiders (1cm across) are the biggest risk around here, and may be found in piles of old stuff lying around the farm. You should wear gloves for certain tasks, though we usually don’t bother.
Here are some montages prepared by a wwoofer, Adrien, which he prepared to show wwoofers what they were getting into. (Click to expand)