Help create a forest garden, using organic and permaculture principles in a small hamlet in the Limousin, France

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France

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    11/12/2020

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an English couple recently retired but very active and living in a small hamlet in the Limousin. We are creating a forest garden on 1 hectare of land, using organic and permaculture principles. We have very much an outdoor life but enjoy the work as much as the good food, wine and good company. We don't eat meat and can cater for gluten-free or vegan diets.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Phil speaks french as well as english so help with language may be offered. He has been a life-long organic gardener so can offer advice in most areas of veg and fruit growing but expecially compost making, novel mulching techniques and edble perennials. We both enjoy the company of both young or more elderly folk as well as intelligent and stimulating conversation. Phil especially has an interest in alternative education, Steiner, Goethe and the alternative movement in general. We are not screen-watchers although we are computer literate but prefer human interaction

    Phil parle le français et l'anglais, donc une aide linguistique peut être proposée. Il a toujours été un jardinier biologique et peut donc offrir des conseils dans la plupart des domaines de la culture des légumes et des fruits, mais surtout dans la fabrication du compost, les nouvelles techniques de paillage et les plantes vivaces. Nous apprécions tous deux la compagnie de personnes jeunes ou plus âgées ainsi qu'une conversation intelligente et stimulante. Phil s'intéresse particulièrement à l'éducation alternative, à Steiner, à Goethe et au mouvement alternatif en général. Nous ne sommes pas des spectateurs d'écran bien que nous soyons compétents en informatique, mais nous préférons l'interaction humaine

  • Help

    Help

    We have a range of projects to suit most ages and abilities. These are season-dependant but include clearing gorse and brambles using scythes and other tools; some hedge laying, planting trees and maintaining the vegetable patch. We are also creating terraces and a range of types of raised bed, Hugel beds or "cultures en lasagne" or "buttes" as the french call them and the building of dead hedges.
    Nous avons une gamme de projets pour répondre à la plupart des âges et capacités. Elles dépendent de la saison, mais comprennent le défrichage des ajoncs et de ronciers en utilisant de faux et d'autres outils; le plessage d'haies, la plantation d'arbres et l'entretien du potager. Nous sommes également en train de créer des terrasses et une gamme de types de lit surélevé, lits Hugel ou «culture en lasagne" et et la construction de haies seches.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Una and I are both keen to improve our spoken french

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Comfortable timber cabin with 2 bunk beds and wood stove for cooler months and solar-powered lighting.
    Camping
    Cabane en bois confortable avec 2 lits superposés et un poêle à bois pour les mois les plus frais et un éclairage à l'énergie solaire.
    Camping

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area is rural annd quiet but not remote- we are just a few miles away from a thriving small town with weekly market, train station and excellent facilities. Pleasant cycling and/or walking area; swimming lakes and more hilly terrain both about 10 miles away. You are welcome to borrow one or 2 of our bikes to investigate the local area- St Junien for instance is a pleasant 45 mins ride away
    Cette région est rurale et calme mais pas isolée - nous sommes à quelques kilomètres d'une petite ville prospère avec un marché hebdomadaire, une gare et d'excellentes installations. Agréable zone de cyclisme et/ou de marche ; lacs de baignade et terrain plus vallonné, tous deux à une dizaine de kilomètres. Vous pouvez emprunter un ou deux de nos vélos pour explorer la région - St Junien, par exemple, est à 45 minutes de route.

  • 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

    Parking for small camper-van

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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