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Home alone... Please help me manage the farm!

Country: France

Workaway Host rating
Last Activity
03/10/2013

Description

SEPTEMBER 2012 UPDATE -------

I (François-Xavier, 38) am on my own on the farm right now and – due to my own business schedule – slightly overwhelmed with daily chores. These include:

• feeding a small number of chickens and rabbits. (and clean their mess, though this is probably a once-only task for the duration of your stay here) This is the only chore which is truly vital and requires regularity.
• remove ivy from tree trunks. (there are several hundreds of apple trees here, though of course not all are infested)
• prune fruit trees (apple and pear) and bushes (redcurrant, blackcurrant). Some heavy pruning is required for most apple trees, it seems.

I am therefore looking for a helper to stay with me for the whole month of January. (provided we both get on after the initial 5-day trial period)

What I expect from you:

• I am a pretty hard worker in my own field so I expect you to have a fair amount of work ethic. I’m not insensitive to hippism and antimaterialistic counterculture but right now this is not what this farm needs.
• To be fit and possibly physically strong enough to perform the above-mentioned tasks. Ideally to have experience in farming and garden skills.
• To be gay-friendly but that goes without saying, right?

What you can expect from me:

• To do some basic cooking, clean the house and do the shopping too.
• To help you efficiently with learning French if needed as I am a trained and experienced language teacher.
• To be fair, open-minded and generally not too dull.
• To drive you to the next railway station and even to / back from Paris on certain weekends.

What you can’t expect:

• Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share much of the work with you so you should be independent and feel comfortable and safe to work on your own. I know this is not an ideal situation but I want to be honest about it. It’s not as if I’ll be watching you slaving away either!
• All tasks to be rewarding. (yes, it is frustrating to feed hens when they don’t lay eggs!)
• Warm, dry weather! (though winter has been exceptionally mild so far and this is by far the least humid area in Normandy)

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On parle français.
हमी नेपाली बोलछौं.
हिन्दी बोल लेते हैं.
هم اردو بول لیتے ھیں۔
Wir sprechen Deutsch.
ما فارسی حرف می زنیم۔
We even happen to speak English.

We are two men in their late 20s/30s with a little farm in the Pays d'Auge, a picturesque area of Lower Normandy known for its cider and dairy products.

We stay in a quiet environment, though not far from a station which will take you to Caen, Lisieux, Rouen or Le Mans in no time and to Paris in two hours and a quarter.

The farm is not our main source of income and not intended to become one either so we keep it easy! But we are willing to expand it and the potential is enormous so we are looking forward to people with experience and ideas.

In exchange for your help, we offer you a nice and comfortable place to stay, simple but healthy and tasty meals, as well as (hopefully not too dull) conversation in a variety of languages.

Area

Lower Normandy (Calvados)

Type of help.

Animal care,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Gardening

Help

Right now, the tasks include:

• feeding a small number of chickens and rabbits. (and clean their mess, though this is probably a once-only task for the duration of your stay here) This is the only chore which is truly vital and requires regularity.
• remove ivy from tree trunks. (there are several hundreds of apple trees here, though of course not all are infested)
• prune fruit trees (apple and pear) and bushes (redcurrant, blackcurrant). Some heavy pruning is required for most apple trees, it seems.

Languages spoken

French, Nepali, English, Hindi, German, Italian, Persian... and counting

Accommodation

You'll live in a room on the ground floor with separate access, a washbasin and (low speed) wi-fi Internet (you'll enjoy a better connection outside your room). We'll share the same bathroom.

There's virtually no public transportation apart from the railway station (trains to Paris, Caen, Rouen and Le Mans). The town is a bit far to walk to but there'll be a bicycle at your disposal.

Recreational activities will seem limited if you're not the quiet, nature-loving sort. The nearest beach is some 30 km away.

What else ...

We welcome language students. One of us is a trained and experienced French teacher so be prepared to hone your skills! We are eager to learn about your language too.

We welcome people from all walks of life, no matter how different from us. We do expect a similar openness on your side.

We particularly welcome people from South Asia and the Middle East or people with an interest in / a taste for these regions and their culture.

We welcome people interested in organic farming, as long as their approach is non-dogmatic.

We welcome non-smokers and vegetarian people. We don't smoke but our dietary habits are not 100% vegetarian.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Photos

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Host ref number: 2719447144dd

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