Help with planning and planting a food forest and other eco-projects in Carcasone, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello,

    We are Ruby and Dimi and we have recently bought the most beautiful manor house in the south of France just outside Carcasonne. The most beautiful thing about the house is the ring of ancient woodland which surrounds us, protects us and provides a haven for the birds who you can hear sing all day long. It feels like you are in another world when in fact you are only 15 mins from the city of Carcasone with its international airport and train service. At 2 and a half hours from Barcelona, an hour from the Mediteranian coast and the Pyranees, in many ways you are right in the middle of everything.

    We are planning on setting up a permaculture centre run with regenerative agricultural practices where we can hold educational ecological programs and artists retreats, which will be run as not for profit. But this is all a little while off at the moment it is just our private home and there are no commercial practices. This year we are focussing on getting up and running and have numerous projects that we need help with from converting the chlorinated pool to a natural swimming pond to installing a butterfly house and general pollinator breeding ground, to planting a food forrest, installing tapestry lawns there is work a plenty in all areas of interest. Although we will have professionals leading each project we want to use as little machinery as possible and the only way to do that is to have man power! What ever your area of interest Im sure we will have work for you. Because we are currently doing the building project accommodation will be rustic but in a beautiful setting and with a community around you. We have a selection of ariba familiar vintage caravans for you to stay in. Although Meals will be provided, a largely vegetarian menu from our vegetable garden (although there will be some meat as we are not a vegetarian farm) and we will all eat together you have use of your own little kitchenette in the caravan. Most importantly we hope to provide an environment in which we can all learn and grow from each other and provide a haven to all.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects

  • 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

    We are a very international couple, we have lived in Thailand France Spain and the UK, my husband is greek but lived in the Uk for 28 years I'm Scottish but lived in Spain for 7 years, we speak 5 languages between us and have friends from all over the world who will come and stay at various times.

  • Help

    Help

    We have a huge variety of projects that we need help with from converting the chlorinated pool to a natural swimming pond to installing a butterfly house and general pollinator breeding ground, to planting a food forrest, installing tapestry lawns there is work a plenty in all areas of interest. We are looking to preserve the original features of this beautiful 200 year old so each task has to be carried out with care which requires people. We also plan to build yurts using our own bamboos so we would love you to help us cut, treat and tie the bamboos. Whether you have an interest in ecological projects, gardening, natural building DIY or building projects we need your passion! If you have skills and experience in any of these areas all the better.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Because we are currently doing the building project accommodation will be rustic (probably caravan or tent) but in a beautiful setting and with a community around you. Meals will be provided, a largely vegetarian menu from our vegetable garden (although there will be some meat as we are not a vegetarian farm) Obviously people with an interest in cooking and food preservation will be very welcome to get involved in that part of the project.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The most beautiful thing about the house is the ring of ancient woodland which surrounds us, protects us and provides a haven for the birds who you can hear sing all day long. It feels like you are in another world when in fact you are only 15 mins from the city of Carcasone with its international airport and train service. At 2 and a half hours from Barcelona, an hour from the Mediteranian coast and the Pyranees, in many ways you are right in the middle of everything.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Although you can only get online in certain areas where you can get online we have good very good download speeds

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Once the solar pannels are installed you will be able to plug into your own area for electricty at the moment you will have to attach to the mains so park closer to the house.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Although it is worth mentioning we already have three dogs and i often foster rescues and we are getting chickens and other parts of the eco system so he will have to be a well soialised pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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


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