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Ben and I are a couple, with a little baby human, Robin, who will be 1 yo in march 2022.
We live in a yurt, on a piece of land we bought in 2019. We have 3ha (30 000 m²) to play with, some of it is oak forest, some prairie, lots of bushes :D As for our activities here :
We raise chicken and sell eggs, different varieties of chicken and egg colors. We are developping vegetable gardens to sell vegetables with our eggs, in weekly "vegetable baskets", delivered directly to our customers' home (close neighbourhood).
Cecile is trying to divide her hives to have more bees and sell honey, one day hopefully :)
Ben planted some 80 fruit trees this winter.
All the agricultural work is done with no chemical whatsoever (our products are more organic than the organic label ahah) and mainly with no machinery.
In the fall 2022, we will start the foundations of our farm building which will serve as professional kitchen, honey farm, storage... It will be self-built, with natural and local ressources (wood, straw) and will be eco conceived and passive in terms of energy consumption.
We want to be as resilient and self sufficient as possible, as long as being as well integrated as we can with our neighbours/close community.
We are located in Saint Romain de Lerps, in Ardèche.
!!!!! We are looking to host people who are actually interested in what we do, people who wants to know more about homesteading/growing food/saving energy/being part of nature. !!!!!
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Our english is a little rusty but we have been travelling a lot in the past, so it should come back at some point, and we can teach you french. We can show you around the area, loan you a (electric or not) bike, or car if you want to visit further. We live at the begining of a widely used biking/hiking trail.
You will learn how to grow vegetables, raise chicken, build stuff, break stuff, repair stuff ^^
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Most of your help will be needed in the vegetable garden during summer, and on the building site during fall/winter.
I put "baby sitting", but that is only if you like it and if you get along well with our son :)
We have a small cabin (20m²) with kitchen/shower/wood stove and a convertible couch that can accomodate a couple. There is also a trailer with a 2 person bed.
We have been workawayers a lot in the past, so we know well how it works. Also, we hope these experiences will be beneficial for us to be good hosts :)
We live 20 minutes away (by car) from Valence, in Ardèche. Valence is a big city and the train station (tgv) can take you anywhere really fast, for a week end in Paris or wherever. We are more than happy to take you to the station / get you from the station.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a flat spot on which you can park. Access to water is possible, and electricity is from solar panels, so it's limited.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week