Help create space, and help in home and garden on a permaculture farm in Aquitaine, France



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We are a family of 5: 
Christine(63), Flo(57), Mona(34), Chris(38) & Ayla(6).
Christine lived in Bretagne, Haute-Savoie and then Marseille before starting the farm project. 
She is Chris's mother, is a nurse and cooking is her passion. In the team she is the cook and baker.

    Flo lived in Reims, Paris and Marseille. She worked as a photograph during16 years for Marseilles marins-pompiers (coast firefighters). She love cats, and she is the one in charge of the cat hotel. Christine & Flo are the ones who make most of the work with the guest house.

    Mona is from Norway (Oslo). She has a bachelor in development studies and passed some of her study time in Cuba, Mexico and Nicaragua. She has a big passion for dancing and with Chris she`s giving courses in Salsa and Bachata.

    Chris left France after he got his interior designer degree. At the age of 22 he took a bicycle and went discover the world during 10 years (7 years on his bike). 
Mona and Chris met in Mexico. After 3 years of travel they made one year of Workaway through Portugal, Spain and France, aiming mostly permaculture places. They were thinking about creating a permaculture farm and Workaway gave them the opportunity to see how it was working in different places. They learned a lot and saw that they were made for it. They are now the gardeners in our farm.

    This is a permaculture farm, a guest house and a cat hotel, situated in the South West France (Pyrénées Atlantic). We started up this family project in 2013. The guesthouse is consisting of a bed & breakfast with 4 rooms, and a cottage that is rented out on a weekly basis. We keep open the whole year around but we have more guests in the summertime. In the garden we are following permaculture principles and we have 6 hectares of land to develop our project. We are not using big machines so it takes some time. We have one area with vegetables and small fruits where a lot of the production is on raised beds, and one fruit forest area that we started 3 years ago. Most of the garden production are used by ourselfs, fresh or made into conserves... We have several animals: chickens, pig, 2 goats, 2 sheep, ducks, cats and dogs.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    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

    Eventually you will learn about permaculture, house maintenance, animals, dancing, and also about the way a familly is working together on the same project.

  • Help


    We do give priority to people traveling with kids around 6 ;)
    This Spring we would like some help with recreating the workaway space. A place where workawayers will have their independency - put in place Caravans, social space, kitchen, dry toilet, solar shower...

    we also need help with other things….

    Depending on different seasons during the year we need help with different tasks:

    In the house:
    - All year around – we need help with cleaning, cooking, baking bread, garden products into conserves (jams, chutney etc.) or drying herbs, house maintenance, hanging up clothes and sheets to dry, empty dishwasher...

    In the garden:
    - Spring: planting seeds, transplanting (if ready)
    - Summer: planting seeds, transplanting, harvesting
    - Autumn: planting seeds, transplanting, harvesting, raking leaf and collecting materials for mulch, compost and lasagna beds, making new raised beds.
    - Winter: planting trees, raking leaf and collecting materials for mulch, compost and lasagna beds, making new raised beds
    - All seasons: maintenance of the cultivated areas – weeding and mulching, cutting and raking grass, watering when necessary.Taking care of the animals: feeding routine, cleaning, maintenance of the parks.
    ! be aware that most of the “all season tasks” needs to be done regularly, so it can often be repeated !

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have 3 caravans.
    We are also welcoming workawayers staying in tents or vehicles.
    Communal shower inside the house. Dry toilet not for from caravans.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are looking for workawayers that are independent, polyvalent, motivated and interested in our project.
    To know that we have a 1 week trial, then discuss if both parts are happy to stay longer.

    what you can expect workawaying on our farm:
    - 5 hours of help per day, 5 days a week.
    - 3 meals per day - Breakfast, lunch and dinner (if you know you need more than this you provide it yourself).
    - everybody is helping with the daily chores like, setting the table, helping with the food, cleaning of the table and making the dishes after eating, emptying the dishwasher, help keeping the place clean and tidy, emptying the dry toilet etc.. This is a part of daily community life and is not counted as a part of the 5 hours of work per day.
    -we are working on making a space for workawayers to be more independent, so be aware of (when this space is created) that most meals and socialtime will be spended with other workawayers or alone.
    - varied tasks, in the garden and the house. Depending on the season … and hopefully some nice conversations and some good time :)

    What to bring: if you have, boots for outside work and for rainy days, and clothes that can be dirty.

    We have a small river on our land. Orthez the main city (11 000 people) is about 4km away. We are situated 80 km from the Atlantic ocean (Biarritz, Bayonne) and 80 km from the pyrenees mountains.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 979851113967