For our summer Permaculture Design Course (PDC) this Jan 21 – Feb 3, 2017, we’re organising some hands-on farm stay opportunities for our students to head to directly after the PDC. We’ve designed these farm stays specifically for students who’d like to back up the theory with some practical work to take their permaculture design and implementation skills into the practical world. While there are many fantastic urban and rural permaculture properties around Tasmania, here’s a small hand full of the ones we’ve got on board for students to choose from – they’re awesome.
By the way, we’re also talking to more farms about being involved, so be sure to check back in to see who else we’ve added in the coming weeks and months.
Fat Carrot Farm
Oyster Cover, around 30mts south of Hobart
- What will you learn with these guys? You’ll get to try your hand at market gardening, so honing in on annual vegetable production will be the main task.
- These guys are with helpX (host ID 13642), please join up before applying to hang with them.
- Accommodation is camping, in a safari-style canvas tent on a timber platform with roof looking over one of their dams – it’s pretty. All beds and bedding are provided.
- You can see more about these legends here and here.
The Little Seed Farm
Franklin, 45mts south of Hobart
Welcome to Penny and Wayne’s home, a 15-acre Permaculture and Land for Wildlife property overlooking the Huon River, with a strawbale home and earthen floors.
- What will you learn? A typical February includes tasks such as annual vege succession planting, maintaining the fruit trees, applying sea weed and/or compost tea solutions, harvesting and preserving, rotating the chooks and cleaning out their house, weeding and making compost.
- Please sign up to Wwoofing Australia before applying to do you farm stay here.
- Accommodation is inside or camping for up to 6 people
- Please note this opportunity is available from Thurs 9th to Mon 13th Feb and there is no smoking on this property – thanks.
Lance & Olga
Lorinna, 2 hours NW of Launceston and about 45mts from Sheffield
- What will you learn with these guys? Natural building. They’re in the process of building an amazing house with earth, straw, timber and recycled materials.
- These guys are about to be registered with helpX, please sign up before applying to join these two spunks.
- Accommodation is either in their cosy timber A-frame or camping – it depends who gets in first!
Good Life Permaculture’s Urban Homestead
Central Hobart, 3kms from the centre of the city
That’s right, for the first time we’ll be opening up our home for one week for two of our students once they’ve completed the PDC.
- What will folks learn at our home? Small scale fruit and vegetable production, top bar beekeeping, how to make home brew, cooking from scratch, small livestock (chooks and ducks) and you’ll probably be hounded by our little Frida Maria to play with her in the sandpit – she’s very friendly.
- Accommodation is either camping or inside (depends on whether we finish building the spare room by then).
How to Apply?
These options are only available to students who have registered for our Permaculture Design Course running from 21 Jan – 3 Feb, 2017 in southern Tasmania. Once you have done this, simply scroll down below and click on the option you would like to take up. We’ll then get in touch to sort out some of the finer details and connect you with your farm stay host.
Please note, to qualify for these opportunities the following guidelines apply
- You need to join either helpX or Wwoof Australia (depending on who your host is registered with).
- On average, people are expected to work 4-6 hours per day in exchange for food, a place to sleep and good conversation. These hours will be clarified on application.
- All farms listed have a two day period to see whether you all get along, if not they have the right to ask you to leave.
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