Learn the principles of permaculture gardening and help gardening and harvesting in Courtonne la Meurdrac, France



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are a Franco-American family and we have restored a 300 year old family property in Normandy that was once a small dairy farm. We spend much of the summer months outside in the permaculture vegetable garden and keeping an eye on the berries in the edible forest. The organic apple orchard has some late summer eating apples or cider apples that are ready for pressing by July and we transform our produce by drying flowers and herbs, preserving, pickling and canning the rest. Our property is surrounded by fields with horses, sheep and the occasional donkey! It is calm and rural but shopping and trains to Paris are just 15 minutes away.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    We are fluent in French and English, know the principles of permaculture gardening and pressing apple juice and cider.

  • Help


    We would be happy to welcome anyone eager to spend time each day helping us prepare the earth, plant, harvest, weed, water and also transform produce in the the garden or kitchen.
    Depending on the season we also need to trim bushes, cut back the roses and hedges, mow the pathways, and keep the 3 house’s flower beds in good shape and in bloom. Summer is the best time to sand and paint or oil the outdoor furniture, and eventually windows and shudders and we do all of this ourselves, but it will get done more quickly and efficiently with a bit of help. If you can use a chain saw to prepare wood for the winter or are handy on a tractor that is a plus.
    With three houses on site you will have your own lovely cottage to stay in with kitchen and bath. We will share some meals but will also provide basics so you can cook on your own as well. Normandy is famous for its thick cream, delicious cheeses, apple trees, cider and calvados and a lush green countryside yearlong.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Your own cottage, with bathroom and kitchen, there are two bedrooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are lots of things to see in the area including the Normandy beaches, lovely half timbered villages, and the cider and cheese routes.

  • 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

  • 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

Host ref number: 463761422279