Self-sufficient permaculture farm in Midi Pyrenees, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Come help establish a self sufficient permaculture farm / gite / spiritual retreat, based in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The farm, which covers 50 acres of woodland and prairie, is now heading into it's 6th year. Last year, with the help of volunteers, we built animal shelters for the 30 sheep and 3 goats, a chicken tractor on steroids, a rocket stove heated greenhouse, Hugle kulture beds, swales and also planted a forest garden.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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
  • Help

    Help

    Our plans for this year are to plant and maintain the gardens, continue the fencing for the parcel grazing, create walking paths and information boards around the farm, as well as everyday jobs of looking after the animals and harvesting/ processing food.

    Work is seasonal, but we try to keep it diverse. I am looking for people who would like to improve the environment and who are interested in permaculture.

    Minimum stay is 2 weeks. Prefer longer term.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is in a cabin with composting toilet and solar shower. Normally we will eat together at lunch, but volunteers organise their own evening meal. There is also a swimming pool and yoga studio on site.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farmhouse was built circa 1800 and is located on a nature reserve, 5kms from Pamiers (with very good local amenities) in the Ariege department of SW France.

    The roads nearby have been used by the Tour de France in 2006, 2010. 2014, and 2018. It is a great area for cycling enthusiasts and professionals, walkers, bird watchers, photographers and artists amongst others. Some guests have likened the area to “French Tuscany” and consider St Victor du Fau as a rural idyll and retreat. There is peace, tranquillity and a feeling of calm in the grounds surrounding the farmhouse.

  • 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

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

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