Help in nursery of native plants - stay in a natural environment with an open hearted family in northern Ardèche, France



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    Hello together, we are a franco-german family living in a little village in the beautiful mountains of northern Ardèche.

    The project
    All turns around ecology, nature, landscape and plants.
    We are both landscape architects for natural gardens. We are creating a little nursery of native plants for ecological plantations. We do as well environmental education in schools and organise thematic walks to discover the landscape and the nature.

    The place
    We are living in the ancient presbytery of Pailharès (700m), a typical little village in the mountains of northern Ardèche. The landscape is varied: mountains, riversides, gorges, volcanic high plateau, view on the Alps etc.
    Nature is very present but we are not far away from all amenities and cities like Annonay and Tournon, and about 1h from Valence and 1h30 from Lyon and Saint-Etienne.
    Our area is quiet lively and there is a good network of interesting people.
    You can do beautiful hikes and bike-tours, river-swimming in summer and cross country-skiing in winter but there are also concerts and other cultural events.

    Fabienne (36) is french, Philipp (35) is german and our son Aloïs has nearly 2 years
    In the past we travelled quit a lot, lived and worked abroad (Europe and Africa). Since a wile we settled down in this beautiful rural area.
    We try do live in a simply and ecological way. We like to receive people, to exchange and discuss. We like hiking and travelling in a simple way.

    We are looking for people who like to take part in our daily family life and who like to discover but who also bring in their particularities. You like working outside, with plants and your hands and you are independent, so contact us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will live with a franco-german family who travelled and moved a lot, so we love to exchange and to discuss about a lot of themes (culture, politics, future...) and who tries to live in a sustainable way.

    We are integrated in the local life and you can experience the life in our mountain area.

    We can learn together about alternative gardening techniques and native plants.

    You will work with plants and nature so you can learn about ecological gardens, native plants and their use for the environment and for us (cooking with wild plants) as well as organic gardening etc.

  • Help


    You can help us in the nursery
    - In spring, autumn and a part of the winter we do seeding and potting.
    - In summer and autumn we collect the seeds in the nature, dry and clean them.
    You can also help us in our organic vegetable garden, experiences with plants (create new garden forms and other techniques, cooking with wild plants, etc.), as well as carpentry etc.
    We also like you to participate in our daily tasks in the household.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    The ancient presbytery is a big and comfortable stone-house with a beautiful view on the Alps. You will have your own room.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 181875836319