Welcome WWOOFers & HelpXers to Penguin Hideaway Farmlet
Live and help on a beautiful property in the North West of Tasmania. Penguin is nestled between the Dial Mountain Ranges to the south and Bass Strait coastal beaches to the North. Ulverstone is the closest town centre to the East and Burnie is the closest town centre to the West. Enjoy gardening, building on a 4 acre permaculture design, meeting some funny animals, engaging with our friendly family and eating fresh wholesome food!
Here, we invite you to experience a new way of life, a new story, where “living in the gift” (feeling gratitude for the gift of life and wanting to give something back in appreciation) is strong. Where making decisions with the heart rules our day.
We are a family team of 5, us the owners are Brad and Lisa and our three teenage girls, are doing our very best to make a difference; living with one foot in and one foot out of the current money system. Our vision is to establish a sustainable farm, based on permaculture design with a focus on regenerative farming practices. We use organic methods of growing fresh produce and animal rearing, ensuring that all our farm produce is spray-free, naturally grown and endowed with love.
What will you experience when you stay at Penguin Hideaway Farmlet? A cosy private room, surrounded by tall trees and wildlife that come visit at dusk and dawn. In your down time, relax in the cottage gardens, enjoy everyday farm life and watch the antics of the miniature goats and chooks!
As we progress, we aim at empowering others to ‘make your own’. Whether it be designing a radical change in lifestyle, gaining simple living tips, establishing a flourishing vegetable garden, planting by the phases of the moon or learning all that is needed to achieve a real work / life balance. We specialise in home budgeting, downshifting, tree changing, living by the seasons and raising children who are aware and engaged in simple living. We encourage everyone to raise the question, “how much is enough”?
We look forward to welcoming you and all like-minded folk who want to step back and breathe, even for a short while. Come visit, share our story and become part of the vision.
September through to end of May.
We can only accommodate 1 person or 1 couple at a time unless own accommodation is provided (tent, vehicle, caravan, etc).
At this stage we offer helpers an initial 4 day stay. If you can demonstrate respect to our family, our animals and the land, have an ability to work well unsupervised and follow instructions then we are happy to negotiate longer stays up to a maximum of two weeks.
Usually we work from 9am through to 1pm, breaking for lunch then either completing our tasks or spending the rest of our day doing what we enjoy (socialising, reading, doing yoga/aikido, having a nap, hiking up a mountain, etc). As tasks and weather vary we are extremely flexible and you may find some days are harder and longer than other days. Generally our family routines before 9am and after the dinner meal are private/quiet times. You are welcome to live amongst our family during these times however we will expect you to entertain yourself when not working.
When harvesting is more than we can eat then we begin to preserve & ferment. Our harvesting season starts from January right through to April/May. We start with Plums, Greengages, Zucchini, Cabbage, Bramley Apples, other variety Apples, Tomatoes, Chillies, Crab Apples, Pears, Walnuts and more! We enjoy making various Jams, Pickles, Kimchi, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dried Apple, Apple Butter, Fire Cider Vinegar, Kasaundi, Curry Pastes, Sauces and more! We bake all our own biscuits, cakes, slices, pancakes and when time permits, bread too.
The sort of tasks you will be involved in include:
- Garden & orchard daily watering
- Garden planting, weeding, mulching, naturally fertilising and harvesting (under instruction)
- Nursery work, seed saving, propagation & watering (under instruction)
- Garden bed expansion and maintenance
- Maintaining, pruning & harvesting fruit trees
- Animal feeding schedule assistance
- Animal caring assistance
- Clearing material & debris from paddocks and around the property
- Stocking sheds with wood or inputs as required
- Clearing of invasive species such as Gorse (leather gloves required) & Periwinkle
- Fencing maintenance
- Small & large building projects
- Homestead help such as: kitchen & living area cleaning, cooking, preserving, painting assistance, odd jobs, etc.
We follow a strict planting and harvesting schedule so please do not harvest anything unless instructed to.
Your private room is not heated so please be mindful that Tasmania does get cold even during Summer. We have limited bedding and would prefer you to use your own sleeping bag suitable for zero degrees or colder. We have garden solar lights but we recommend you have your own torch / head lamp to find your way after dark to and from the homestead.
Helpers are free to cook what they like after working times, our pantry is always fully stocked with staples but meat is limited at this stage. We also have a ‘share with everyone’ policy so making a larger/double batch is always greatly appreciated.
We offer free wireless internet access which will allow you to do basic searching, check & send emails & send photos.
We are able to do a load of washing for you but make sure you plan ahead for weather, we have limited space for indoor drying.
Please be prompt in your arrival on your agreed starting day and be ready for work at 9am. In the event you are delayed please let us know immediately so that we can commence our day without you. Failure to arrive by 12 noon on your agreed starting day will result in commencement the following day and you will need to find alternative accommodation. Please understand we are a busy family of 5 and run the farmlet on a schedule so we need you to be timely as well.
We have Airbnb guests that come stay at our property, their privacy is to be respected. Please be quiet at all times when working in any yards surrounding the cabin. We try to work in these areas whilst guests are away from the property or have checked out after 10am. We have a 5 star host rating and would like to retain it.
You need to possess a good attitude, be respectful of the way we do things, be willing to follow instructions and above all learn with us, as we are not perfect.
You must bring wet weather clothing as we try to work around the weather but occasionally will work through light rain.
You are residing on a farmlet which means we have multiple sources of income outside the property so we may need to do other work during your stay. If you finish your designated task and are unable to find us we’d appreciate you to clean the kitchen or other shared living areas to ensure they are tidy until we’re available.
You are free to roam the property and interact with the animals during your stay but all gates and doors MUST be closed behind you at all times. Our beagles will take any chance to go on adventures especially where food can be found.
Due to hygiene we expect you to arrive with your own gloves, leather is best for your comfort on our property but rubber gloves with cotton backing will suffice but will not protect your hands from gorse and blackberry thorns.
Be mindful of your own waste on our property, we recycle as much as possible, we use as natural as possible personal toiletries that wash into our water systems so please no nasty chemicals.
Please bring / use your own pillow and bath towel.
Please bring your own specialised dietary requirements. We are in no way fully organic with our pantry stock but are getting better and better. We do enjoy meat but if you are vegetarian, we will try our best to eat vegetarian for as long as we can during your stay.
Your skin will burn quickly under the sun, bring your own sun protection and we recommend full trousers, full sleeve shirt and a full brim hat when working outside.
That’s about it… if you’re happy to join us at Penguin Hideaway Farmlet, we’d be happy to host you and show you a more meaningful life, living on and with the land… Lisa, Brad and the girls 🙂