Help us on our small organic farm with Aquaponics and Livestock in the Charente, SW France

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  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We have a 3.2 hectares (8 acres) small holding that we run on permaculture and symbiotic principles. We have chickens, geese, sheep, pigs, and bees. We also grow vegetables in our aquaponics system, and in our 'no dig' beds. We try to be as eco-friendly as possible and organic. We are also planning to set up a low-tech mushroom farm to grow oyster and shitake mushrooms using straw and coffee grinds later in the year.

    Darren and I have been married 31 years, and we have two dogs: a border collie called Dexter and an English Bull X lurcher called Cookie. We are easy going people and pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome to guests. Although we both eat meat and produce our livestock for meat, we welcome and cater for vegetarians/vegans.

    We are specifically looking for people in September2020 that can help us:

    - Help build our outdoor kitchen in one of our stables - no experience necessary but must be able to do physical work.

    - Put up a shed in one of the fields

    - Erect another polytunnel

    - Paint the exterior of the house and the shutters

    - Erect a new pig pen

    - Repair the field shelters and coops ready for Winter

    - Tidy our garden area (if you have knowledge of planting shrubs, flowers, weeding and general garden tidying then we need you!)

    We have two bedrooms (that share their own shower room) that can accommodate up to 4 people so a family, a couple or 2 friends travelling together.

    Most of the activities will be outdoors so we are looking for people who want to be outdoors most of the time.

    The area we live in is rural but with easy access to the town of Confolens. There is no public transport but we have 2 bicycles that workawyers are welcome to borrow. We can pick you you up at nearby train stations if needed or if you are bringing your own car there is plenty of secure parking. Camper vans also welcome.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visitors will be able to learn about alternative growing systems such as aquaponics and no-dig planting as well as rearing livestock. The activities on our small farm are always changing and we have plans to create a small mushroom farm create some Hugel Beds.

    If English isn't your first language, it could be an opportunity to learn or practice your English - Jackie is a qualified CELTA teacher of English.

    The area we live in is rural but with easy access to the town of Confolens. There is no public transport but we have 2 bicycles that workawyers are welcome to borrow.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for help with the following activities:

    Planting our no-dig potager
    Looking after our livestock
    tidying up around the farm
    installing our outdoor kitchen in one of the stables
    putting up another polytunnel
    helping expand and improve our big aquaponics system
    helping create wicking beds in the aquaponics system
    Building our new sheep shelter before Winter
    General painting (outdoor) and maintenance
    General gardening

    Most of the activities will be outdoors so we are looking for people who want to be outdoors most of the time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation will be in our spare room (s - there are two bedrooms that share their own shower room.. Meals etc will be taken with the family in the house. Vegetarians/Vegans can be catered for.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We will do our best to make our visitors feel comfortable and welcome, and will help them achieve what they want during their time with us.

    We can help you find things to do during your time off but please note that it is a very rural area and there is no public transport such as buses. metros or taxis. We have 2 bicycles that workawyers are welcome to borrow and the nearest town (Confolens) is 10kms away with shops, restaurants, bars, canoeing, fishing and markets.

  • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week




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