Help on our donkey and lavender farm, surrounded by nature in the heart of Gers, France

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  • Last activity: 22 Apr 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are located in the heart of Gers in South of France near several picturesque villages surrounded by nature. The farm consists of a refurbished house, where we live, and its outbuildings. We own 77 hectares of woods, meadows, and lavender or aromatics plants fields which offers a stunning view of the Pyrenees. We produce donkey milk for soap and cosmetic uses, as well as lavender, helichrysum, rosemary, mint and many others essential oils… We use an ancestral process for making our soaps and natural candles with essential oils.

    Moreover, we won a contest organized by French television called "French’s favourite farm 2021”. Moreover, we have touristic activities (visits, bar, camping, lodge…) and have at least around 6000 visitors per year.

    We only accept individuals but not couples, families, friends... And no animals as well! Thank you for your understanding.

    Nous sommes située au cœur du Gers dans le Sud de la France, en zone naturelle, dans une petite commune rurale au village pittoresque. La ferme comprend une grange rénovée en habitation et ses dépendances agricoles implantées sur une propriété biologique qui se compose de 77 Ha de bois, prairies et champs de lavande ou plantes aromatiques qui offrent une majestueuse vue sur la chaîne des Pyrénées. Nous produisons du lait d’ânesse bio à usage cosmétique, des huiles essentielles de lavande, romarin, menthe, immortelle, camomille... Nous fabriquons des savons au lait d’ânesse artisanalement par saponification à froid ainsi que des bougies végétales aux huiles essentielles. Dans notre distillerie artisanale, nous produisons des huiles essentielles. Nous sommes les lauréats de "La ferme préférée des français 2021". Nous acceptons que les personnes individuelles mais pas les couples, les familles, les amis, ni les volontaires avec des animaux... Merci pour votre compréhension.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    During your free time you can learn how to :

    - Milking of the Jennies, cleaning the barn and the equipment
    - Care and training of the young donkeys
    - The soap making
    - Produce essential oil with lavender, mint, rosemary....
    - Helping to welcome summer visitors (6000 per year) who come to discover our activities and meet lots of great people

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    You participation will consist by accompanying us throughout various daily tasks and seasonal activities at the farm:

    - Manual weeding

    - Harvest of flowers and aromatics plants

    - Contribution with distillation (depending on the season) of aromatic plants

    - Maintain animal fences, country hedges and forest road

    - Possibly help with soap production

    Votre participation consistera à nous accompagner au fil des saisons dans les différentes tâches quotidiennes de la ferme :

    - désherbage manuel des champs de plantes aromatiques
    - récolte des fleurs et des plantes aromatiques
    - participation à la distillation (selon la saison) des plantes aromatiques
    - entretient des clôtures des animaux, des haies champêtres et des chemins forestiers
    - éventuellement aide à la savonnerie

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will be accommodated in a mobilhome which can host 3 helpers. We have two mobilhomes. We provide food but your meals will be done inside your mobilhome. We met many people during our 2 years trip around the world and we are very happy to now host Workaways from different countries and share our everyday life in our organic farm.

    Hébergement dans un mobilhome (chambre) qui peut accueillir 3 personnes chacun. Cuisine et repas dans votre mobilhome Nous avons connu et rencontré de nombreux « workawayers » lors d’un tour du monde de deux ans et demi et nous sommes heureux aujourd'hui d’ouvrir notre ferme biologique à des volontaires de différentes nationalités.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Walking around, enjoy the 40 donkeys !

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours per day

Host ref number: 967468618845

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