Experience life on an off-the-grid regenerative farm in Bois Rouge, Mauritius

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi!
    My name is Nathalie and I am passionate about soil health and the importance of moving away from conventional agriculture towards sustainable practices like regenerative farming. In 2021, inspired by the documentary "Kiss the Ground", I created together with my husband an off-the-grid regenerative farm which we are still building up and we welcome all the help we can get.
    Our 1Ha farm is located in Bois Rouge in the North of the beautiful island of Mauritius in the middle of sugarcane fields with a view of the mountains. We do not only produce vegetables, fruits, herbs and eggs from our free-range chickens but we also use the farm to raise awareness among the public through educational visits and events.
    Our customers buy directly at the farm and harvest themselves in our market garden, with our assistance. We do this to avoid waste (waste of harvested produce that did not get sold or waste through packaging material).

  • 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
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    My husband and I are in our mid-50s and we have both travelled extensively. My husband still does, as a geologist. I am a former corporate executive, turned farmer, and manage the farm on a daily basis. Combined we have 4 nationalities and speak several languages. We love meeting new people and exchanging life experiences.
    Mauritius is a melting pot of different cultures and religions, making it an interesting destination, whether culturally or food-wise. It is often called the "honeymoon" island as many newlyweds spend their honeymoon here, attracted by the pristine beaches and turquoise lagoons.

  • Help

    Help

    We need help with the daily activities on the farm: taking care of our chickens (feeding, collecting eggs and cleaning the coop), watering plants, de-weeding, snail patrol (snails are enemy no. 1 in a veg garden; they need to be picked up and relocated daily!), planting, preparing seedlings, composting, and any other gardening activities as required.
    If you are handy with tools, we could use your talents for maintenance tasks and small DIY projects that we have occasionally.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In return for your help, you will have free accommodation - a charming tiny house made of two 20ft sea containers with a covered terrace. It has a living room space and kitchen, a bedroom with desk and separate shower/toilet. Food is not included (though a lot can be found in our gardens!).
    All openings in the tiny house are fitted with mosquito nettings, so no need to worry about unwanted bugs visiting you while you're sleeping. Completely off-the-grid, we have solar panels for electricity and a rainwater harvesting system that provides us with water for the kitchen, shower and toilet. We have access to a borehole as a backup source of water.
    No neighbours, quiet and peaceful, yet secure (cameras and dogs) and comfortable (WiFi and smart tv). Rural life at its best!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Considering our climate, work on the farm happens early in the morning and end of the afternoon. Meaning you are free to spend your time in the afternoons and evenings.
    There is a bus stop within walking distance, and we are a 5 min drive from a shopping mall (bank, supermarket, food court, shops).
    Mauritius is a small island and you will have plenty of opportunities to visit the island and profit from all there is to do on the island!

  • 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

    Despite being off-the-grid we have a 20Mbs internet connection (airbox), fast enough for online conferencing (such as Zoom) and streaming (Netflix).

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 433667899897

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