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Permaculture Family Home Orange NSW

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  • DescriptionMy husband and I are very family orientated and love working with our beautiful children who have now become adults. Our abundant gardens, creative features, community engaging events have become quite popular with our volunteers. We are keen to develop what we have and are able to do that by hosting others to learn new skills and share your knowledge and skills.

    The work with us if quite diverse and changes each day. We are centrally located in Orange, Central West NSW which has a population of 40,000. Not to mention the 128,00 people who use Orange as a base for services. There is plenty to do here, experience and lots to learn.

    We do require people to stay at our Cargo property to assist with the developing our Eco Permaculture Educational centre. Country life and camping.

    We have two caravans which we are in the process of being renovated so always keen to hear from people who have carpentry, building, electrical or plumbing skills.

    Our ultimate goal is to provide a sustainable environment through fun activities, teaching and building.

    We can provide many new skills and have accommodation and meals available for our workers.

    Orange has become a great tourist area with Food and wine showcasing all across Australia. There are a variety of community events on, lots of parks, a lake, public olympic pool, theatre, tenpin bowling, skate park, tennis courts, art gallery and much more.

    We are able to teach you a variety of skills which Paul and I have learnt. We work with and produce a lot of food, so plenty of opportunities to learn how to pickle, bake cakes, make cheese and much more.

    Our children range in ages up to 27years and they are keen to show our visitors around in free time.

    We ask our helpers to work a 5 hour day, with starting time at 8 am in the morning. Three meals are included each day.

    As we are volunteers with an animal rescue project you may be required to help with the care of injured Australian native animals such as Kangaroo's, reptiles, and birds.
  • LocationAustralia, New South Wales, Orange City Council, Orange

  • Work
  • Type of work We are keen to work with people who have varying skills, these are some of our projects:
    Build animal enclosures including a Kangaroo release site
    Help with the care of our Kangaroo's and other rescue animals under supervision initially
    Build a veranda and roofing/awning for a train carriage
    Build a rock wall entry
    Painting including art work in certain areas
    Garden bed prep, propagation, planting, labelling and continued care
    Marketing skills for future development at café and retreat
    Program/ Educational development for events at the property
    Design and prepare signage out of natural resources
    Play music because you can so others can enjoy
    Build nature pathways and landing areas
    Paint/Create artistic designs in a variety of locations
    Build awnings and seating in a variety of locations
    Build gabions and dams with guidance to create water holding areas
    Plant up additional food forests
    Plant a productive vegetable garden
    Animal care and companionship for our animals
    Sew curtains
    Develop fun filled community events relating to permaculture, animals, food, healthy lifestyle and well being
    Geo-Cache set ups for our environments
    Design adventures and treasure hunts
    Provide Community Events for the public
    Share cooking skills, products and traditions from your country
    Share with us experiences, ideas, interests or family traditions that you think we can learn from and share Internationally
    If skilled in this area you may be able to help in our café
    Guide people through our farm yard set up

    Learn about the work we do at our permaculture café and ultimately the Eco Village we are building. It's quite an adventure with so many new friendships being developed.
  • Hours per day In exchange for 5hrs per day for 5 days with two days off

  • Work requirements: We have several permaculture gardens, propagation, planting, pruning and harvesting.
    Depending on what your skills or interests are we also look at providing work around what you enjoy.

    We are building an eco retreat and are keen for skilled people to help out there
    Additionally we own a café and often have people come in to visit and learn about our permaculture garden.

    *We require a two week minimum stay from volunteers because there is a lot to teach, learn and share. If your unable to stay for two weeks then our place is not a place for you to choose for your stay. Were sorry about that but we have a lot going on and want the experience to be of value and enjoyed by all.

    For those that want to learn we provide a range of new skills. Everything from permaculture garden techniques, to care of animals, some of which are native (kangaroos). You have the chance to work with us in the café and learn about the food we use and what the benefits are. There's always the marketing side of our enterprises, building and maintenance, special community events and so much more.

    Were keen to know what your interests, skills and hobbies are first so we can then work together for the best possible outcome. There's certainly no shortage of learning new skills with us. See you soon!
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Minimum 1 week
  • Maximum number of helpers: 4
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? We have several pets. 3 dogs, 6 ducks, 4 chickens and sometimes baby Kangaroo's which we bottle feed.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: We have rooms, caravans and there is land if people want to set up a tent. We have shower, toilet, kitchen and laundry facilities available. We also have an in ground pool, ping pong table and bikes available for use.

    There is also accommodation on our other property if you want to do some serious camping. Our property is loved by so many of our volunteers and we believe that is because of the tranquillity and connection with the great Australian outback.
  • Additional info
  • Orange has become a great tourist area with Food and wine showcasing all across Australia. There are a variety of community events on, lots of parks, a lake, public olympic pool, theatre, tenpin bowling, skate park, tennis courts, art gallery and much more.

    We are able to teach you a variety of skills which Paul and I have learnt. We work with and produce a lot of food, so plenty of opportunities to learn how to pickle, bake cakes, make cheese and much more.

    Our children range in ages up to 27years and they are keen to show our visitors around in free time.

    We ask our helpers to work a 5 hour day, with starting time at 8 am in the morning. Three meals are included each day.

    As we are volunteers with an animal rescue project you may be required to help with the care of injured Australian native animals such as Kangaroo's, reptiles, and birds.