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Lifestyle Farm

Payment: Accommodation & Food
Location: Christchurch
Region: Christchurch & Canterbury
Experience: No Experience Necessary

If interested please provide dates available for start, if you have a vechile, cell ph number. MUst like dogs. Couple preferred.

We live on a small farm near Christchurch - 20 minutes from the airport.  Dave was a builder who now chooses to be his own boss so we are building up small businesses from home including dog stays and accommodation. Julie is a teacher. Dad lives here too. We dont sell what we produce - but grow our own firewood, beef, lamb, pork, eggs, vegetables and honey. It is a lifestyle choice NOT a business and is based on a philosophy of caring for the environment, humane treatment of animals and sustainability of resources.  Rather than chasing the dollar we are committed to making this small farm  into a lifestyle choice.  It is hard work and takes a lot of time, energy and committment.
You would help with gardening, fencing, fire-wood, general farm maintenance, animal care - cows, sheep, dogs and food production.  

This is not a paid job - accommodation and good meals provided in exchange for a minimum 41/2 hours per day.  There is warm accommodation on a mezzanine floor above the lounge. 

Meals - 
Breakfast -toast, cereal and milk, Lunch - sandwiches or left overs from dinner
Dinner - Good healthy evening meals. Can do vegetarian but not vegan. 
This is a minimum of 10 days, to start with then we discuss your length of stay depending on weather.  Please do not apply if you do not appreciate the time and effort we put into making tasty meals or if you are a fussy eater - limited experience with fusian cooking from around the world and with an attitude of not wanting to try new foods.  We have the very best organic free range produce NZ  produced right here - milk feed pork, lamb, beef, honey and eggs from rescued factory hens.  Our animals are all loved and treated with respect even when destined for our food.

We have had people wanting to improve their English before starting paid work, also helped with choosing or selling vechiles. Others want to experience living with a kiwis on a sustainable philosophy farm. Everyone has loved our food as this is our passion, both having owned restaurants and have food qualifications. Some have returned several times over as they tour the country and have told us it is the best they have had anywhere.

We are also very clean around the home - do not wear shoes inside. Inside slippers needed but we have clothing items if you wish to wear them working on the farm. We have a cleaner who comes weekly but everyone still does their part.

Work is  41/2 Hours minimum per day. That is 30 hours total per week minimum.  Most choose to do more as they feel they are learning valuable skills.

On days off - we prefer you leave the farm to give us all a break. You may want to go on day trips to Akaroa or Hanmer Springs, the museum or markets & we are happy to provide an evening meal when you return. 
Your own car is preferred though we can pick up at the airport, Riccarton or Kaiapoi town (Macdonalds usually has car parks & is easy to spot).

We need people used to physical work as this takes strength and energy.  We don't have time to wait for nice days to work outside - animals need to be fed and there are always things to do regardless of the weather.  

Can you work unsupervised and still work efficiently to get things done?  Sometimes Dave is held up with hosting bed & breakfast guests in the morning so we you need to have initiative to organise yourself for a couple of hours.

This time is unusual, we want to train someone to feed and look after about 50 young calves (we take them from dairy farms at 4 days old, otherwide they are killed as a waste product of milk production). They need a lot of tender loving care and strict routines, cleanliness  just like human babies or they get sick.  Milk powder that we feed them is of course not as good as real mothers milk so they need careful watching and treating if unwell.  We raise them until they can eat grass and be sold to other small farms so they get to live for 2 years instead of 4 days. It is a lot of work for a small return. Dave wants 5 days to visit family in Auckland so needs someone who will stay until he gets back and be reliable with looking after all the animals.