Help us gardening, beekeeping, tree planting, chicken raising in Ardèche, France

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    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. !!!!!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 ^^

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    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 :)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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


Host ref number: 295641877515