Escape city life and help on a small organic farm as you relax and restore yourself in the middle of Pyrenees, France

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France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi helpers from the world! My name is Jean Luc! I'm 55 years old and Cathy ( my wife ) is too. We have a daughter who is 27 and a son who is 23, and they complete our family. We were born and have lived here in Saint Cernin as organic farmers for the last 30 years.

    We are on WorkAway and have been hosting volunteers since 2007 (10 years and counting!), not only because we need as many helping hands as we can get, but also because we love meeting diverse and intersting people. It's very important for us to communicate with others about the danger of non-natural food, the disappearing of our trade (small, local farming), and share the joys and rewards of our magnificent occupation as organic farmers!

    Our farm is located in the charming and quiet departement of Lot, in the southwestern region of France. Our farming practies are very diverse: we grow vegetables and fruits, and we have 3 donkeys, 4 cats and 2 dogs, too...

    Volunteers help us in our farm with easy and small jobs like planting crops, working with seedlings, helping at local markets , giving foods to the animals, tending the garden, ect. The host season for 2017 will start around 20th of February and run until late October. In the early spring, the help will consist mostly in the cultivation of seedlings, then from April the sale of these in some nature-festivals organized by farms or smalls villages... (In addition, all around the year we go to the market once a week and twice in summertime). From now until mid June, it's the right time to plant all our vegetables and corn so it's ready by summertime, which is the best moment for crops.

    You'll share our life in discovering not only our work, but also our customs, like Occitan language, traditional dances, local food, and much more. During your stay , we offer you to join us in a "Bal" (a traditionnal dance meeting) held every week.

    We are even able to communicate with you in English or in Spanish (or of course, French if you prefer!). Special welcome to Catalan's people, whose language is quite close with our native language, Occitan). That being said, we prefer of course people who are able to converse at least a little bit with us in French.

    Upon receiving your request, we will reply and will send you a more detailed file about our conditions of stay. In general, you just have to know that we ask four/five hours of daily assistance in the morning, most of the time and only from Monday to Friday (Saturday and Sunday are rest days). In the summertime, in case of incredibly hot days (above 35C°), of course we require your help earlier in the morning (7 to 10 am) and will continue a bit after 7 pm, so that way we avoid the hottest and most exhausting hours of the day.

    Other important information: you will be accomodated in an independent studio that is both comfortable and well equipped (kitchen / living room + bathroom + bedroom) heated and near our home. From Monday to Friday, all lunches are eaten with Cathy, myself, and all other volunteerts in our home. Everyday, you have to prepare your own breakfast and dinners with the natural, organic ingredients we provide you.
    Wi-fi is available on the farm!

    Lastly, please note this important information:
    1) I'ts not possible to receive you for time less than 14 days. In only one week, you can't discover our country, and you're not able to help us correctly.
    2) Naturally, our preference is for people interested in our occupations, with an opening on the ecology and health of the healthiest life possible. That being said, we prefer happy, communicative and honest people, as sad and people trapped in their ideas and can bring others down!
    3) The help on our farm concerns only farm activities and of course extra-free occupation on and out of the farm (we always help you to organize your activities and make sure that we'll do our best). We want you to have the memory of a super stay for you and us alike.

    Please contact us for more information about us and the farm, the activities to do on and around the farm (bike, swim, dance...) Do not hesit to write us, we always do the best to reply you as soon as possible.

    Of course your stay will be entirely FREE! No money will be ask for food, drink, or accomodation. Thank you in advance!

    ask us for our google maps link for the location

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • 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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You'll share our life in discovering not only our work as organic farmers, but also our customs, like the Occitan language, traditional dances, local food, and much more. It's very important for us to communicate with others about the danger of non-natural food, the disappearing of our trade (small, local farming), and share the joys and rewards of our magnificent occupation as organic farmers! Additionally, during your stay , we offer you to join us in a "Bal" (a traditionnal dance meeting) held every week, and Cathy teaches lessons in basket-weaving and in our regional culture at a local museum.

    The opportunities for cultural exchange are very diverse and rich! We are happy to share with you whatever you wish to learn - just ASK!

  • Help

    Help

    In general, you just have to know that we ask four/five hours of daily assistance in the morning, most of the time and only from Monday to Friday (Saturday and Sunday are rest days). In early spring, we work in the greenhouses to prepare the seedlings , then from mid-March to mid-June , planting is the highest occupation. Finally, mid-May to end October is the crop-season. In the summertime, in case of incredibly hot days (above 35C°), of course we require your help earlier in the morning (7 to 10 am) and will continue a bit after 7 pm, so that way we avoid the hottest and most exhausting hours of the day. We sell our vegetables in local markets (twice/week) but also we prepare baskets for families and of course we sell our crops on the farm as well.

    Volunteers help us in our farm with easy and small jobs like planting crops, working with seedlings, helping at local markets , giving foods to the animals, tending the garden, ect. The host season for 2017 will start around 20th of February and run until late October. In the early spring, the help will consist mostly in the cultivation of seedlings, then from April the sale of these in some nature-festivals organized by farms or smalls villages... From now until mid June, it's the right time to plant all our vegetables and corn so it's ready by summertime, which is the best moment for crops.

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Occitan: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will be accomodated in an independent studio that is both comfortable and well equipped (kitchen / living room + bathroom + bedroom) heated and near our home. From Monday to Friday, all lunches are eaten with Cathy, myself, and all other volunteerts in our home. Everyday, you have to prepare your own breakfast and dinners with the natural, organic ingredients we provide you. And yes, Wi-fi is available on the farm!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our country is wild and beautiful, and you can stroll, bike, and explore. Every morning and throughout the day, the sounds of birds and crickets cooing and chirping decorates the coutnryside with vivid and alive music. You may even see a deer grazing in the grass fields if you take a morning walk and are quiet enough! Come rest and relax here. Escape the noise, pollution, hustle and bustle of the city life for a few weeks and have an experience that will positively transform your life! We look forward to sharing all of this with you!

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    all size of vehicle - it is easy to park in front of the farm

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 or 5 hours; 5 days/week

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