Help with Permaculture and renovation project in Lower Normandy, France



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Our aim is to provide a safe and tranquil space for "green camping" for people to enjoy the simplicity of nature, get back to basics and de- stress.

    We live on an old farm with lots of space surrounded by beautiful views of the See Valley. Its calm and peaceful. We are just completing renovations on the farmhouse with an aim to move in at the end of January!! Yipee!! We have a pig, chickens and goat, as well as our very friendly dog and cat!

    We are looking for workawayers who are keen to spend a a month or so with us to help get the land and site ready for Spring. There is always something to do and we are looking for helpers with a can do attitude - able to get n with tasks independently as well as working with us on particular projects.

    Reducing our impact on the environment is important to us so we are learning what we can do to reduce our "footprint" we are keen to learn from others expertise and experience. We want to up and recycle as much as possible so creative ideas are welcome.

    We are friendly and open and like the simple things in life - good company, homemade food and a beer, especially round a good fire under the stars. If you feel you would fit in and would like to share your experiences and skills then we would love to stay and help us so we can help others!

    come join us!

    Niki and Dom

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are an open and friendly family with lots of interests and skills. We are looking for volunteers who are happy to get involved, share their skills and ideas and like being around children.

    We love cooking and sharing new recipes and trying new foods, we like a wide range of music and sharing ideas about the World. Dom is a bit of a buff on Military History and I enjoy yoga and cooking.

    We eat both non and vegetarian foods.

  • Help


    Do you have tree skills - We need help to tidy the orchard.

    We have our "Projects Wall List" that helps to to prioritize jobs and tasks but there is room for you to choose a specific activity or task you would like to work on and can even be achieved during your stay!

    Some of our projects include:-

    Repair and re do fencing

    getting poly tunnels ready and seeding plants etc

    Trees skills - sorting out trees in the orchard

    Building raised beds out of stone for vegetable and herb growing

    Creating edible "pockets" across the site for tent stays

    Help with land clearing - stones, brambles etc

    Rebuilding part of the stone wall using traditional techniques

    Pointing and rendering using traditional methods - house, old bakery

    Small to larger building projects using recycled materials where possible and up cycling projects.

    Help out / share cooking and tidying up

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    As of the end of Jan we have our trusty static available - it has been our home for 3 years. It has 2 bedrooms, kitchen and lounge area. We also have a cosy camper van.

    We have a communal area for relaxing and playing pool, listening to music etc. We have a bathroom with shower on site and we use dry toilets / compost toilets. We have internet access / computer access. We also have regular get togethers with a group of friends on site so plenty of opportunity to meets with others, practice language exchange and share ideas!

    Smoking outside sleeping areas please.

    We ask 5 hours daily in the week. Friday mornings is site tidy day and the weekends are your own for exploring the area / chilling!!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are about 4.5 kms from the nearest town with a variety of amenities and 15kms from Avaranches with bars, cafes, resturants etc

    We have 2 bicycles available for your use and can collect from bus / rail stations in Avaranches.

    There are lots of activities you can do around the area - canoeing, cycling, swiming, walking, fishing, microlites, horse riding to name a few.

    We are 45 mins from Le Mont Saint Michel, about 1.5 hours from the Normandy Beaches.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

Pick a project!
Part of the garden
Niki, Dom and Finn
Baby Chicks 2019
Einstein our dog and Stinky the goat
Peaches the pig
Top of our road
One of the veggie beds
Elvis - our cockeral
Firepit at sunset
Part of garden
Veggie garden

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Host ref number: 918567367712