Our farm is located in the mountains of the beautiful Nahar Ibrahim Valley. The house belongs to Raed's family and I'm (Joanna) a French architect. The house is surrounded by an orchard (mainly apple trees) and we grow vegetables between the trees. We have a spectacular view of the Nahar Ibrahim valley from the house !
Our aim is to create a place to promote an eco-friendly way of living. We try to live a sustainable life as much as possible in many different ways : eating and transforming what we grow, reducing garbage, experimenting permaculture principles and natural building, reducing water consumption etc.
We converted the orchard into an organic orchard a few years ago, we were the first in the valley to do so. Little by little we changed from an apple orchard only to a diversified orchard with vegetables, berries and even chicken and goose between the trees !
Part of our work is also to transform the products we have in the garden. We make apple juice (and many other apple products), rose water, Arak, liquors, Kombucha, jams, tomato sauce etc.
Raed works in the orchard taking care of the trees and of the vegetables. He sells our products every week end at Beyrouth's farmers markets. I'm organizing workshops and events at the farm for Lebanese or foreign guests. When we have time, we try to experiment natural building with eco-friendly material ( earth, wood, reed, straw,...).
This year, because we are welcoming our second child, we also need help to take care of our adorable 2 years old son, Nour.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Our farm is unique in the country, by staying with us you will have the opportunity to discover a very special way of living.
At our place you will learn about the Lebanese culture and from the life of the mountains, Raed's family is originally from the village.
For languages, we usually speak French but if you want to learn Arabic, we can speak Arabic (I'm currently learning).
Apart from that you will of course learn a lot about organic gardening, cooking and about eco-friendly building.
The volunteer will have to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week with two days off.
Depending of the time of the year the work can be in the garden (harvesting, planting, weeding, preparing the soil...), in the kitchen (making jam, tomato sauce, drying fruits, making juice...) or helping with some general maintenance (cleaning, tidying up, organizing new spaces...). Sometimes we also need help with natural building.
Every day we'll ask you to take can of Nour for a couple of hours. With him you can go for walks, play in the garden, paint, play music or whatever ideas you have. We usually try to apply Montessori principles or activities with him but we are open-minded if you have any ideas !
During your free time and your days off you can go to Beyrouth, have a walk in the area or discover the rest of the country.
We have been hosting for four years now and its really an opportunity for us to travel (through you !) exchange and spend nice moments together.
English, French, Arabic, Spanish
You will be living in a separate apartment that you will share with two young workers of the farm, Miguel (lebanese) and Marin (french). You will have a bed in a three bed dorm and a shared bathroom.
We are vegetarian and we try to be as self-sufficient as possible. We eat fruits and vegetables from the garden (sometimes wild edible plants) and also dairy products from shepherds of the valley. We will provide you with all of this.
There are many nice walks to do around. The Afqa spring is 1 hour walk from the house and from there you can hike on the LMT, a beautiful trail going from North to South Lebanon through the mountains. There is also Jabal Moussa's reserve not far from the house which is a beautiful protected area with many endemic plants where you can easily spend the day walking.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week