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Want to learn more or see things up close and personal? Come visit, relax, learn and enjoy. We offer a number of different options for people looking to visit, stay, learn and work.

Day trip

Day trip

Come to Blockhill for the day! Bring a picnic and your gumboots. Explore our young food forest, meet the Kune Kune pigs, free-range chooks, and Muscovy ducks. A great place to enjoy the country with the birds and bees.
Suitable for groups of 1 - 8 people.

Adults $10 - Children $5 - (Children under 5 yrs - free)


Work experience

Work experience

If you'd like to come and stay with us and help out with our day-to-day activities, we offer an exchange option. You give us 4-5 hours of your time and efforts per day, and in exchange you get 3 wholesome meals, snacks between meals, comfortable accommodation as well as a wealth of practical experience.

We are official WWOOF hosts and have been sharing our home and lifestyle with travellers since early 2012.

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Garden working-bee

Garden working-bee

A group of us gathered to help install a new vegetable garden for Heidi and Nuk out at Gore Bay. Many hands made things progress quite quickly and we were able to create and plant an area directly beside the house for easy access as well as a new contour garden mound in what was lawn.August 14, 2016  garden  community 
Food Forests, Permaculture & Water Harvesting

Food Forests, Permaculture & Water Harvesting

Olmec will show you how he and his wife Melisa designed permaculture-style food systems by nurturing and enhancing the natural features of their land. Together they have created a diverse, beautiful and bountiful environment.
During a tour of the property, you'll learn about planning an integrated system that includes plants and animals, natural methods of fertilising and soil conservation. Olmec will also demonstrate how to drought-proof your property using swales; that is, earth-shaping to harvest water.

Contribution: 2 time-bank credits or $10 suggested fee
To register contact: Belinda Meares, 03 314 3406, tbhlearningexchange@gmail.com
(Car-pooling can be arranged).
September 17, 2016
Charles (Chapie) Chaplin

Charles (Chapie) Chaplin

A stray who decided to stay. I mean who wouldn't want to live in luxury at blockhill...?
Winter suggestables

Winter suggestables

Details  A bounty of unique produce from the forest garden.Date  August 07, 2016
Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit

Details  This vigorous climbing vine is doing well, growing on deer fence netting wrapped around big black plastic water tank. Male and female are plated north-east and north-west face of the tank.Common name  Kiwifruit, Chinese GooseberryLatin name  Actinidia deliciosaFamily  ActinidiaceaeForest layer  verticalEdible  YesFruit / berries  YesFrost sensitive  YesPerennial  YesDate  September 01, 2012Shade / Sun  Full sun
Grubba, the ginger pig

Grubba, the ginger pig

Someone nearby was giving away pigs so we went to check them out and fell in love with this little guy. Having 2 female pigs already we decided to take this little boys manhood away for every ones sake.April 24, 2014  pig 
First decent snow in a while

First decent snow in a while

Details  A nice clear day after several wet, dismal snowy ones. We're going to have some cold nights now but it's a nice way to recieve moisture.Date  August 07, 2016Tags    2016  August  Snow 
Summer produce

Summer produce

Details  Fresh chilli and capsicum from the plastic houseDate  April 08, 2015Tags    Capsicum  Vegetable 
Pecan

Pecan

Details  North American nut tree growing to 50 meters. Prefers sunny stream sidesCommon name  PecanLatin name  Carya illinoinensisFamily  JuglandaceaeHeight (m)  50Forest layer  canopySeeds / nuts / tubers  YesEdible  YesPerennial  YesShade / Sun  Full sunSoil type  Moist

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Water for everyone

Water for everyone

Water is the essence of life and as such we need to be thinking about how to make best use of what we have. The most important work we do is to implement solutions for capturing, storing, diverting and infiltrating rainwater and runoff. This helps build soil, nourish crops, prevent erosion, minimise drought and reduce or eliminate irrigation needs.
Learn about the art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
August 21, 2014  water  swale  contour 
Babaco

Babaco

Details  Grown under plastic. Produces large, yellow fruit pentagonal in cross-section.Common name  Babaco, Mountain Papaya, Champagne FruitLatin name  Carica x heilborniiVariety  PentagonaHeight (m)  2Forest layer  low-treeEdible  YesFruit / berries  YesFrost sensitive  YesPerennial  YesPropigation method  Cutting
Scything like it's 1809

Scything like it's 1809

Trying out some rustic scythe techniques in the orchard. No noise, no smell, just good old fashion manual labour.
The scythe is best known as the weapon of choice of the grim reaper, basically a long, curved metal blade on a wooden pole with handles. Traditionally used for mowing grass and harvesting cereal crops, the scythe has a long history in agrarian (and revolutionary) societies.
December 25, 2009  Scything  grass  mowing 
Quooks!

Quooks!

Today the baby quails have hatched and the big clucky chook has become a mother! There are six babies altogether. There were 7 this morning, but that's a sad and rather funny story.....basically the little quail was sitting up in the nest box and was chirping away. It then got excited and jumped giddily out of the nest box, bounced off the ramp, landed on the floor and was promptly picked up in the beak of hungry chook who thought it was a scrap of food. We tried to rescue it, but it was too tiny to survive such a trama. But at least it got to have a near flight experience in it's short little life.December 05, 2009  chooks  chickens  quail 
The King is Dead!

The King is Dead!

This morning the king (rooster) was noted absent from breakfast around 8:30. The discovery a mass of scattered feathers at the far end of the track at 11 made his disappearance more sinister. Was it a plot by the 3 young brothers, to unseat their father as head of the tribe. Or was it some kind of wild animal?
Warning: disturbing images
June 04, 2010  Rooster  Death  Stoat  Ferret  Pests 
Portable Electric Chainsaw

Portable Electric Chainsaw

Configuring an electric chainsaw for mobile firewood collection.

Electric chainsaws are light, with no fumes, less noise and fewer complex parts to cause issues.

The problem is they require a fair amount of power, thus limiting their portability.

Check out how to set up a useful system for mobile sawing...
April 27, 2010  Chainsaw  Electric  Inverter  Firewood 

Natural living - seeking a better way to inhabit the earth

Water for everyone

Water for everyone

August 21, 2014Water is the essence of life and as such we need to be thinking about how to make best use of what we have. The most important work we do is to implement solutions for capturing, storing, diverting and infiltrating rainwater and runoff. This helps build soil, nourish crops, prevent erosion, minimise drought and reduce or eliminate irrigation needs.
Learn about the art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
  water  swale  contour 
Food & crops

Food & crops

We all need and enjoy food, even our food needs food. From establishing a backyard garden to a large food forest we can help guide you towards achieving some degree of food security.
Growing vegetables, fruit and nuts is a low cost, high yield activity that can be carried out at almost any scale and with careful consideration takes very little effort.
Locally grown, chemical free food is a key component to health and vitality.

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Just like you, we need a little cash to cover the many things we can't provide for ourselves

Resilient home and lifestyle consultancy

Resilient home and lifestyle consultancy

Get the most out of your home, lifestyle and land by increasing productivity, aesthetics and value.

Use natural design and thinking to develop highly functional living environments that are diverse, beautiful, resilient and nourishing. With careful goal oriented planning and proven techniques we can optimise your land use and suggest improvements that maximise utility, productivity and satisfaction. Come and explore our working example for inspiration and to discuss your project.
  • land assessment and evaluations prior to purchase
  • drought proofing strategies and rainwater catchment for your own oasis
  • food forest advice, design and plants to create an edible, healthy landscape
  • planting advice for wind control and stock feed
  • mapping of assets and infrastructure
Contact Olmec to arrange your consultation.