Looking for people to share our property!
We live on a beautiful 60acre property just outside Millaa Millaa on the Atherton Tablelands. We have 3 jersey cows, one in milk now and feeding 4 calves and us, one due to calve in late March, and another due to calve late October. We have 4 lovely horses, a breeding trio of pigs, 4 bee hives (yummy mead!), guinea fowl to keep the insect and tick load down, geese to keep the grass down and be “watch dogs”, ducks, turkeys and lots of lovely chickens for meat and eggs. We plan on bring sheep into the system for fleece and meat.
We have two mastiff dogs - our family guardians - that we breed, and four cats which keep our property rat free.
We don't use any chemicals at all on the property and we try to do everything with recycled materials.
We have a ram pump for water from our little stream, which connects to a bigger creek fed from Ellinjaa Falls which is a 50m walk from the property. We want to dig out some parts of the creek to make our own personal little camp ground and swimming hole!
We grow most of our own food, and have a fruit orchard which we are slowly turning into a food forest with medicinal herbs, useful plants and veges scattered about and growing in harmony under the fruit trees. The corn is almost ready! Okra, eggplant, zucchini, beans, lettuce, asian greens, capsicum, cucumber, pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, arrowroot, yakon, luffa, gourd, choko, chilli, pawpaw, tomatoes, tropical spinach, herbs and spices … lots of things growing!
We also grow most of our animal fodder plants.
We've just created a tropical wet garden for taro, cassava, aibika, rice paddy plant etc .. We'd like to experiment with growing grains of some kind – perhaps barley and oats. We'd also like to turn a paddock into a pawpaw forest!
We produce most of our own vege, seasonal fruit, milk, cheese and dairy, meat and eggs. We preserve or trade any excess that we don't have use for with our animals.
We are looking into alternative power sources and alternative fuel sources that are sustainable.
We have 3 small children, 1, 4 and 7 who we homeschool and give as natural a life as possible. We believe that learning never stops and can be gained from every experience.
We are highly motivated members of the local transition movement on the Tablelands, as well as the local economic trading system (LETS) – our local community currency.
We run workshops through LETS within the community on sour dough and fermenting, food security and cooking with stored foods, building gardens, localised communication technologies. We organise others to run workshops and share skills within our community as well. We hold movie nights monthly aimed at building an aware, strong, resilient community.
The tablelands is an amazing place, with strong permaculture, seed saving and biodynamic networks, a strong community currency, and networked people who believe that the world we are moving into will be very different from the one that we are living in now.
Scott is the ASPO representative for Far North Queensland. He liaises with local council about disaster preparedness and sustainability.
We are preparing for a future that will be quite different to the current way of life. All of this takes up a lot of time. We would like to share our space with like minded people who would help create a sustainable property and a resilient community. We are doing all of these things by ourselves at the moment and would like to ease our load and share it with others who see the importance in what we are doing. We firmly believe “it takes a village ..”
We have a vacant guest house! It has two bedrooms, a living area, and a shower/toilet with all doors coming off a veranda with amazing views of rainforest and rolling green hills. The living area needs some work to make it comfortable, but everything is there waiting to go! It is very close to the main house so there can be shared facilities, and there will be screens of vines and shade cloth/wicker blinds for privacy which won't affect the view.
We suggest a trial period of three months to allow us to see if we suit each others lifestyles. If it does not suit and you are still wanting to live in the Atherton Tablelands we will do our best to help you find somewhere else to live and put you in contact with local employers.
The type of people you would be:
- wanting a sustainable, aware, resilient community.
- wanting to grow your own food and live close to nature.
- open minded and open to new ideas.
- willing to work with us to create a lifestyle we all want.
- willing to share your knowledge and skills.
- willing to try new things and explore new concepts.
We would love to share our lives and work with others
Get in touch if you are interested. If you need more space there is always the option of having caravans in a private spot nestled in the rainforest near our beautiful creek.
Could I please have your phone contact details or mine is 0425768002.
Thank you and have a lovely day.
Hi, my name is Kate.
I don't know if you have found what you were looking for, but if not we would be very interested to get in touch with you.
We have two children aged 11months and 4 years, lots of animal and horse related skills, keenly beginning our farming and plant related skills, and everything you wrote meshes with our philosophy.
my name is Kate, my phone: 0448 922 958
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