the small lavender farm with the owner's house in background
Yesterday we took the ferry across the Waiheke Island to visit friends Hana and Jake who are currently WWOOFing (working on an organic farm). Its a pretty amazing set up where they work for 4 hours a day in exchange for free room and board. The farm they are working on is land share between several families who jointly run two separate projects, 'the olive project' (for olive oil) and the 'grape project'(wine). The profits from these projects are put back into running the farm or go toward living costs. The different houses on the land are technically owned by everybody and they practice some forms of communal living like a shared kitchen, meals, and work. Separately one woman runs a small lavender farm then sells lavender oil and Lavender water to shops, through the Internet, and at local markets.
union caps and for Jake, well he's been biding time reading and playing guitar. Dinner is really just a light snack, followed by a relaxing evening, an early bed.
the protective netting for these olive trees looks eerie and beautiful, don't you think?
jake showing us the fermenting grapes that earlier hana and pressed via foot stomping
They have been on the farm for three weeks, which is a long stay for a WWOOFer, so they are saying goodbye and Tuesday and coming back to Auckland just in time for craftwerk(this Thursday)! Hana will be selling her fabulous union caps that she made while on the farm so maybe they will faintly smell of lavender.