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Lifestyle Farm (chch) & Hippy Batch (temuka)

Payment: Accommodation & Food
Location: Christchurch
Region: Christchurch & Canterbury
Experience: No Experience Necessary
Contact: 0277014452
Listing Added: 09/09/2019

Are you available next week- this is an exchange for food and accommodation for a variety of jobs - help with looking after animals, gardening etc on our small Chch farm and a few days building work on an off grid (no electricity) holiday cottage in Temuka-  a hippy style batch with outside shower & toilet. We are replacing the roof, relining inside walls. We use fire & gas for cooking and generate electricity for a few hours a day.

Your hosts live on a small farm near Christchurch - 20 minutes from the airport.  Dave (NZ Maori) is a retired builder and chef who enjoys having dogs to stay and hosting air bandb accommodation. He has a lot of useful skills you could learn.  Julie is a teacher. We grow as much of our own food as possible. 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.  It is hard work and takes a lot of time, energy and committment.

This is not a paid job - accommodation and good meals provided in exchange for 41/2 hours per day.  The farm house is large - there is warm accommodation on a mezzanine floor above the lounge & other options eg in a tiny house fire truck we are renovating or at our batch depending on where we are.

Meals - 
Breakfast -toast, cereal for Monday to Friday and a cooked breakfast e.g. eggs in the weekend (not meat and cheese like Europeans), Lunch - sandwiches or left overs from dinner
Dinner - evening meals from many countries (Mexican, Mediterranean are favourites). We make desserts most nights for woofers
We usually start with 4 days then we discuss your length of stay depending on weather. 

 We produced right here and buy as little processed packaged food as possible.  Our animals are all loved and treated with respect even when destined for our table. 

We have had people wanting to improve their english before starting paid work, helped with choosing or selling vechiles. Others want to experience living with a kiwis on a lifestyle farm. Food as this is our passion, both having owned restaurants and have food qualifications -Julie a food degree and Dave a chef in England and Scandinavia. Some have returned several times over as they tour the country and have told us it is the best they have had. We try and give woofers a ‘taste of NZ’ foods. Dave sometimes makes pavlova, a NZ dessert, Julie makes fruit crumbles etc.

We are exceptionally clean in the house and do not wear shoes inside.  We employ a professional cleaner  but they don’t not clean bedrooms so you need to clean this before you leave. We do all cooking - you fill and empty dishwasher as a contribution.

 We are non-smoking so smokers are outside only.

We provide some working clothes so your own clothes dont get ruined.

Work is  41/2 hours minimum per day,  30 hours total per week. You can  have whole days off - we are flexible 

On days off - it's good to get out and about to give you and us a break. Go on day trips to Akaroa or Hanmer Springs, city sightseeing e.g. the museum or markets. We provide an evening meal when you return. 
Your own car is preferred. We live handy to Kaiapoi and 20 mins from airport and can collect you from a Macdonalds if you do not have a car. 

We need people used to physical work as this takes strength and energy.  Animals need to be fed and there are things to do regardless of the weather.  We are unable to cater for vegetarians - we rear and prepare our own meat including beef, lamb & chickens as we dont want to eat processed hormones or chemicals.  This is 'slow food' not fast food - more expensive and time consuming than supermarket food.   We also respect water as a limited world resource and do not waste it. Our water is pumped from our own bore - no city supply chemicals added. Showers under 10 mins

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