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Help us to further develop our permaculture orchard and eco-farm in Southwest France

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  • Description



    Our project is the brainchild of Paul & Yvonne, a Dutch couple (in our late 50’s) who emigrated to the South of France in late 2022, to get out of the corporate rat-race and become self-sufficient in food, water and energy.

    We have bought a 5ha 'green valley', surrounded by forests, in the South-West of France, close to Montauban (50 km north of Toulouse), to build our farm/food-forest, based on near-to 100% renewable (solar) energy and near zero-waste!

    Based on the concepts and ideas of Stefan Sobkowiak, we are building a permaculture orchard with a large variety of nut and fruit trees and various species of berries and herbs. All our 1-year edible food (salads/tomatoes etc.) is available from our ‘no-dig’ vegetable garden. A part of the valley is be for a small animal-friendly farm with a rare breed of pigs, 2 donkeys (in 2024 also some cows), 7 hens, 6 ducks and our 2 dogs.

    With more than 20 volunteers in 2023, we have managed to build almost all infrastructure for the animals and plant in the orchard 250 trees and shrubs. In 2024 we want to create large water-capture and -storage infrastructure and continue the work on the permaculture orchard.

    Working on a farm is hard physical work; we expect our volunteers to be truly interested in farming and permaculture, willing to learn and willing to put in the effort and energy to contribute.

    It may rain or it may be 30+ degrees, the farm does not stop! We love volunteers that can work independently, take responsibility and deliver an outcome that is of high quality. Our volunteers should come well prepared (in practical terms with clothing/boots etc.) and be committed to improve the planet and climate!

    We hope you will join us on this mission! Paul & Yvonne

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et construction
    Aide dans une ferme
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Being experienced in life and international environments we can help with languages, help understanding cultural differences (work and life) and encourage some soul-searching. We are parents to two mid 20-ers so we have seen most of it, first or second hand.

  • Aide


    For 2024 it is mostly:
    1) planting / seeding vegetables in greenhouse / polytunnel and veg.beds. for wintercrops.
    2) planting vegetables and weeding the orchard and vegetable garden.
    3) compost making
    4) cutting trees - making wood chips (machine)
    5) caring for our dogs, chickens, ducks, cows and donkeys
    6) painting walls (interior/exterior; we have 6m scaffolding)
    7) building a shade-system for our berry-lanes

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Allemand: Courant
    Anglais: Courant
    Hollandais: Courant
    Français: Intermédiaire

    Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
    We are fluent in 3 languages (and Yvon is even a teacher for expats in Dutch-English) and we would love to learn better French.

  • Hébergement


    For our guests we have 2 modern rooms (approx. 24 m2 each) with kingsize beds in each room; a shared bathroom w shower/bath for the 2 guest rooms. All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) are shared 'family' meals with a typical French lunch with fresh croissants (weekends) and eggs from our own chickens .... (all free of course).

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Please describe in your application:
    - why you want to work on a farm and what your own ambition is in farming and permaculture
    - what your views are on climate-change and what you are doing yourself to lower your carbon-footprint
    - what other Workaway projects you are doing before or after visiting us

    Our eco-farm/orchard is in a secluded, private valley, although only 5 minutes by bicycle to the town of Monclar-de-Quercy (with some basic shops, pharmacy, bakery and a small supermarket). At less than ½ hour are the beautiful medieval cities of Montauban and Albi. Nearby are many towns with lovely farmers markets, with the one in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val being the most famous one. The Mediterranean is a 3 hr drive, as is the Atlantic and it is also only 3hrs to the Pyrenees. We can provide 2 e-bicycles.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    We have a separate room on the ground floor which can be used 'as an office' some hours of the day, the guest rooms are private with adequate seating. The Wifi is high-speed fiber.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Free parking on site (facilities with water and 220V in-house).

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    max 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 161962918355

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