All (farm) hands on deck. Help needed on organic farm in the Vienne, France



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    Hello, we are a Scottish / Irish family living and working on our organic farm on the limousin / potiou charente border. We moved here in 2009 to live the dream, but finding enough time to move our projects onwards IS difficult and would love a extra pair of hands to help out with whatever skills they have or to be willing to learn a few new ones.

    We are a 320 hectares, organic mixed farm. It consists mainly of limousin, and monbelliard cows. Texel and "just sheep" sheep. We grow our own cereals (wheat, triticale, oats ,sarrizan (buck wheat), maize and sunflowers) . We also have a few small ponys, but they are for fun!

    We live outside a village, which has a restaraunt, shops, doctor, bakers, school, agricultural garages, wood yard, hairdressers, so not too sleepy, but rural in the sence that the pace of life here is slower, but able to enjoy the lifestyle that a French rural community offers, local fetes and farm producers markets, outside activities.

    We have two girls, 11 and 9 and two boys, 7 and 3, all are bilingual and the eldest girl speaks German too if this helps! We ( Tom and Angie) mainly speak English at home, but are willing to speak French hopefully enough to enhance / practice language skills for you and for us !

    Although we try to utallise all our own produce, we do not only eat organic food.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    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

    To be enriched and enjoy rural France and all its quirky ways. Practical application of a foreign laungage. Building knowlage and experience of life on an organic farm.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for general maintinence and help in the farmyard, putting up new fencing and to help keep the farm/ garden tidy. Mowing the lawn on a ride on tractor, trimming trees.
    There are two small houses which we would like to renovate as time and budget allows, therefor any building and / or DIY skills would be benificial.

    Any help will be greatly appriciated, as would preparing meals and general household chores, from time to time, only if you want to, or if you can cook better than Angie!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Two double bedrooms mobile home, with extra sleeping area in the sitting room if needed. Please note, at presant the shower/ bath within the main house must be used, unless you can fix the hot water system in the caravan!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Within the village there is many outdoor activities, horseriding, river rafting, rock climbing, forest zipwire, scrambler biking, sailing catamarans (on the lake next to the farm) . Slightly further away is an excellent motocross track.

    The main town of Montmorillon is a book town, has beautiful architecture, and walks around the old town are a must. It is also being developed a school for catering, cooking, fine dinning and wine appreciation which will accommodate over 500 students. Indecently the Tour de France is passing through it and ending just past the farm road this year (2016).

    The country walks near the farm are beautiful and we can provide the use of bikes for you to explore on your time off. We are also happy to take you to the train station in the village or in the two towns on either side of the farm to enable you to explore further afield. Potiers is home to "The" futuristic park, well worth a visit, or Limonge is famous for its china. We are more than happy to be a base and be flexable with times enabeling you to see as much or as little of France as you wish

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    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

Host ref number: 963369753325