Sustainable flower farm and wood workshop in an 18th-century building in Alsace, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello there !

    We are a young couple living in a beautiful place, in the middle of nature, just next to the border between France (Alsace) and Switzerland. We moved here from Paris after a long travel from France to Japan by bike from 2011 to 2013. We changed our way of life from engineer and financial management in Paris to this life "in the middle of nowhere", as people say, and are very happy of that ! One last thing : we now have a baby called Lou ! :)

    The goal of our project is to build a peaceful place with sustainable behaviours, good food and peace of mind. The place is jut perfect for that, as you can see on the pictures. Forest is all around, wild animals feel safe here and come very close, and nature grows everywhere.

    At the moment, we are running a hotel in the main house, and we use the big barn to make events (music festivals, dance and other workshops, weddings), and we develop the flower farm and vegetable garden with permaculture in mind. There's a wood workshop too in order to build everything we need, with the wood from the forest.

    We have connections with some associations around here to make repair cafes, local exchange and other transitional projects, but unfortunately we don't have time to be everywhere !

    We can speak French of course, good English, Italian, Russian, and we learn Japanese but aren't able to have a talk with Japanese people yet !

    If you have more question, just ask us or come here ! :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Anytime you stay with people you learn something ! We did it a lot in our 2 year trip, everyday, with so many different people ! We like to share experience and are looking forward to hear yours !

  • Help

    Help

    The place is huge, and we have a lot of projects !

    [please have a look at our calendar below to see when we host volunteers !]

    We like pro-active people, who can do stuff around without asking for everything. We give a lot of liberty for volunteers to have creative ideas and help us find good solutions, we believe it's much better for everyone ! This doesn't mean we won't be with you while working, we just want people to be inventive and help us with their new ideas, not only with their hands ! We like the idea of self-organization, it can take some time to find a place but then people feel much more comfortable !


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Gardening and construction works *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    The farm is getting bigger and bigger. We are growing flowers and vegetables. There's a flower farm and a vegetable garden. We try to be self sufficient for us and volunteers with the vegetable garden.
    We'll need to build some building for the farm, maybe next year.


    ** Music festivals **

    We had to cancel both of our festivals, maybe next year !


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Life !*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    And many other things : bees, project to have some chickens (the place is still to build), we want to plant many trees (november and march), grow flowers, build wooden furniture, create new projects, enjoying life, doing aikido and Vipassana, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate
    Russian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a dedicated place for volunteers and friends, and rooms in the hotel for winter time, so no problem for accommodation ! It will depend of how long you want to stay, how many you are and so on !
    In winter Alsace can be a bit cold so don't hesitate to take warm clothes !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Our calendar for 2020*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    We can host people from the beginning of November. We have many projects for outsider !

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️About the place*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    Our place is a very remote one. Don't expect to find any city, any shop or places to visit ! First village (140 people, no shop) is 3km away. First shop is 12km away! Here you can find nature, animals, flowers, open sky. You can hike in the forest, go biking, do meditation in a beautiful and quite old castle from the 12th century, and so on. Some people were not looking for that and I think they were a little disappointed so that's why I write it here.


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️How to come*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    Transportation : we are far from everywhere ! Going to our place can be tricky, but it's part why it's so beautiful : by the way it's a great opportunity to meet nice people by hitch hiking !

    If you want to come by train you can come to Vendlincourt in Switzerland, 7km from our place.
    If you come from France, you can take a train to Altkirch or Delle and then bus to Ferrette, Oberlarg, or hitch hike from Delle or Saint Louis : just head up to Ferrette then Oberlarg, our village.

    Try to come close to our place, then we can pick you up by car !

    See you soon !

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    As you want! maximum 25 hours, 5 days a week

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