We bought this small farm with 4.6 hectares of land in the centre of France in September 2017. We started planting 0.5 hectares with diverse vegetables (trying techniques like: no till gardening, maraichage sol vivant, mulching, permaculture, plastic polytunnel, plastic mulch). We have 2000 m2 of berries, some fruit trees. A few chicken for eggs and 2 hunting-cats.
Automn 2018 we started to rent a room (bed and breakfast) and to transform fruits in jam&co, make conserves of veggies (also for sale).
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
You can experience real authentic French rural lifestyle, taught by two Swiss (only 50% authentic though)! Soo fun!
As well you can learn how to start a project (or how not to start), because 2019 everything we do is maximum for the second time. So don't expect to meet some experts here.
We have so many tasks and plans to do (depending on when you come), there must something there for you:
Harvesting (Vegetables, Berries)
Planting, Seeding, preparing garden beds, weeding
Especially in less busy times (mainly winter), there are different small-middle handicraft projects, like birdhouses (to attract aphid-eaters), mobile chicken coop, ... , as well as some renovation (in not-too-busy-farmingperiod): Changing floors (acoustic insulation), improving our place for cooking-making conserves, installing a washing station for the vegetables, changing a shower ...
We try to make the tasks diversified, so you certainly don't need to do 4 hours of weeding a day. But anyhow, tell us what you like to do (and if you have some super-abilities) and we try to make your stay here as interesting as possible.
German, English, French, Spanish
Own room, double bed, shared bathroom
Living room is heated to 20° C, bedrooms may be cooler, be prepared Mexicans!
What to bring:
In Summer: Sun and rain protection
In Winter: Warm clothes (& warm underwear), which can get dirty (the clothes, not the underwear...), weather proof clothing, rubber boots (wellies) are very useful.
What to do:
Normally we (the hosts) work 6 to 7 days a week, so might be busy and not able to entertain you in your free time (which you should have). Public transportation is not really existing here, so be prepared to be bored (or better: bring books. You can also read ours). You certainly can go for a walk, take one of our bikes, go birdwatching, cowwatching or horsewatching or treewatching (choose your own watching, no TV though...)
Public transportation is (almost) non-existing. There is a train station in the next village, where we could give you a ride to: Dompierre-sept-fonds (Connections to: Moulins-sur-Allier, Lyon-Perrache, Paray-le-Monial)
Best way to get here: By bike! Eurovelo 6, which goes from the Atlantic to the Black sea is less than 5 km away!
2Nd best: by foot: GR 3 long distance hiking trail is only 2 km away!
If none of the above, we can come and get you at a station or blabla-car drop-off (ride-sharing, closest for us is Pierrefitte-sur-Loire).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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