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.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are fluent in French and English, know the principles of permaculture gardening and pressing apple juice and cider.
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.
Your own cottage, with bathroom and kitchen, there are two bedrooms.
There are lots of things to see in the area including the Normandy beaches, lovely half timbered villages, and the cider and cheese routes.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week