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Hello you! I am Thomas, and i have been living in the Landes countryisde with my two children (and now a third one) for twenty years, surrounded by an 80 hectares forest, and open fields.
My house has always been opened, and workaway is for me a way to carry on sharing nice work, in a nice place, with nice people!
It's a well kept old traditionnal farm, 4 kms from the next little village, lost in the forest, very calm, with many little rivers flowing around and wild footpaths to explore.
We are taking care of some non-commercial activities :
- A Permaculture Garden : Rised Beds, couple of Greenhouses, and a giant (120m2) Geodesic Greenhouse
- An English associative pub (The Petticoat) only on Friday evening.
The main work is about gardening, wood work, and always some building and repairs.
The target now is sustainibility of the place. Down sizing input, and being able to produce more food all the year!
Some ex-workawayer have settle around, one is olding a surf camp, another is growing bio vegetable... spreading a nice spirit in this area.
Fed up with my "poor english" description ?? : have a look to the "feed back" !
Otherwise, carry on :)
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
First, there will be the location, lost in the pine forest surrounded by wildlife, the daily feeling of sharing a place choosed long ago by someone (I mean long before me!) to live there.
Then discover how we deal with this now, in the 21 th century, what we choose to do here and there to adapt to the place, making life as nice as possible without destroying the living potential of it all, and as possible, make it grow !
Of course, there will be technical points in what you will learn here, ideas about permaculture, solar pannels and all this sort of things, but the most important is the people you will meet. We will always try to take two volunteers at the same time at least.
As I have been running a "Discovery Farm" during years i'm also able to give many information about the area, historic details about this very special french desert now planted with a forest and about the people trying to live there.
And there's also the people, a bunch of friends around my farm, collected after 25 years spent at the same place. A gipsy stuntman driving a motorcycle in the Wall of Death around Europe, a couple living totally off grid, a baker...
If you come here, you will also be connected to a recycling second hand shop that I'm taking care of. This charity place gives jobs to 13 people, you can find there all you need (cloths, bicycles, furniture...) for very cheap. As I build this activity 15 years ago, you will be at the good place to learn about how it's works.
I don't know how to end this....may be this place is a good one, precisely to learn, or to discover something you didn't expected, as I do for a while!
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I was used to welcome from 2 to 4 people at the same time, to have an independent and friendly team.
Right now the task we have to do during the next month are:
- build a new barn for the new sawmill
- renovate and expand an old barn to welcome new chickens
- care about the garden (maintenance, cleaning, ground preparation etc.)
- plant some fruit tree
- build a new fence around one of the house
- renovate an ancient and beautiful house
Sometimes, a visitor choose himself something to do in the place: save this tree, carrying this wood, repairing this wall, without any push from anyone here, this is very cool. I don't mean I will not give any task, or direction, and most of the time I do, but when someone feel concerned, it's really the best way.
I'm really harvesting knowledge around permaculture, and will be glad to welcome someone with those kind of competences (how to prepare the ground, what to plant, when, why etc.).
I now only accept a minimum stay of two weeks , less is not really enough for us (you and I) to really know each other, appreciate the place and the people, or to simply be there !
Please, think twice before validate a stay, because a great number of person changes their mind at the last moment, and it really doesn't help or even respect the minimum of organisation we need!!
This host offers a language exchange
The visitors will have they own bed in a shared house with my children (Louise 21, Lucien 22). In the summer we also have a caravan with a 2 to 4 people capacity. We can definitely share meal as we can eat separately sometime.
Sorry for this, but our friends cats and dogs are not allowed here, it's not negociable: we're fitted with a large wild life around!
Fifteen minutes from here, one of my friends runs a little rootsy surf school in a wild place...just to say :)
Location is between Bayonne and Bordeaux The train station next to here is Morcenx, beach at 20 kms.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
The path to reach the farm is sandy and narrow, and will be tricky for a wide or heavy vehicule...
More than two
25 hours max :)
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