We are a couple who have been developing our 45-acre block since 1995. We have 25 alpacas and a large vegetable garden and orchard. We have two daughters at University who come home during the summer months. We are planting large areas in native trees/wetlands. We also run workshops in a purpose built craft studio, including felting, edible gardening and mosaics.
We are originally from the Netherlands and have travelled extensively. Our focus now is on developing our lifestyle block and a sustainable way of living.
Henk works full-time in his own engineering business while Marion works part-time as a dietitian and spends time at home looking after the gardens and organising and hosting workshops. The workshops include edible gardens, wool felting and mosaics.
We live in a quiet valley at the end of a gravel road. The village of Brightwater is 8 kms away and the nearest town is Richmond, about 15 kms away. Nelson is 25 kms away and only half an hour by car. We have rivers and swimming holes a few kilometres away and the cycle trail is not far away either. We travel into town most days of the week and will provide transport. We also have bikes available.
We are flexible with the work we offer and this includes farm work, gardening, light building and maintenance as well as preserving and assistance with craft courses.
We enjoy meeting people from all over the world.
Update (10/09/13): We have volunteers lined up until early in 2014, so at this stage we are looking for people who are travelling in 2014. We are just starting to build an external sleepout for volunteers so would love to hear from people that are handy in construction and painting etc
We are Patt and Alan Baxter. We have a large property in Prats de Mollo, a beautiful Catalan village in the French Pyrenees, fifteen minutes from the border with Spain. We have eleven apartments available to let to tourists, 'curists' (people who come for treatments at La Preste a famous spa seven kilometers away) and pottery students. Alan is a potter. We have a workshop and gallery where we run courses and exhibit. Please ask for our websites.
We moved here from the UK to France in 2003. There was a lot of work to be done renovating the property while we continued to let its eleven apartments during this period. The pottery workshop was a new build into one of the large garage spaces. This was completed and opened late in 2006. We run local courses on Thursday afternoons throughout the year and accept bookings for longer courses, these can be from anywhere.
English couple with 2 dogs.
We normally accept helpers all year for a minimum of two weeks.
Peaceful location in rural France.
During the winter months our projects include Carpentry, Plastering, wood cutting and decorating.
We prefer non smoking helpers that are happy to live as part of the team during their stay, we would expect this to involve helping prepare meals and the inevitable clearing away afterwards. Helpers are sometimes asked to assist with household chores as part of their hours. We accept vegetarians but cannot cater for vegans.
We accept both skilled or unskilled people. We need people able to work on their own initiative. We will show you how to do the job and provide the necessary equipment and protective clothing although you need your own footwear suitable for gardening and DIY.
We offer plenty of opportunities to learn new skills.
We have wireless internet available.