All users are encouraged to do as much as they possibly can with as much support as they need to achieve it. The farm is designed to enable users to experience work in a supportive environment.

Users could be working on their own and as part of a team to feed, water, clean out and change bedding for all of the animals. Users may also be assisting other professionals in shearing wool and fleece, foot care and general animal husbandry. As well as this users could participate in vaccinating and monitoring the animal’s health, looking after newborns and sick animals. Users could also take an active role in halter-training the alpacas.

Farm maintenance and specific projects are intrinsic to the work ethic we foster. Some of our ventures include building the ducks a pond, making new paddocks, laying paths, cutting back the hedges and building animals houses.

We also have bees so users can assist with raw honey processing including filtering and labelling.

A typical day at Yarra farm learning for work

Monday Activity
09.00 Arrive
09.00-10.30 Feed animals and top up water
10.30-10.45 Quick drink and snack
10.45-12.30 Building up the pond area for the ducks
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.45 Repairing fences and pathways
14.45-15.00 Drink
15.00-16.00 Feeding animals, collecting eggs, topping up the water
16.00 Depart for home