Help us on our small organic farm with Aquaponics and Livestock in the Charente, SW France

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  2022 

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  • Description

    Description

    We have a 3.2 hectares (8 acres) small holding that we run on permaculture and symbiotic principles. We have chickens, geese, sheep, pigs, and bees. We also grow vegetables in our aquaponics system, and in our 'no dig' beds. We try to be as eco-friendly as possible and organic. We are also planning to set up a low-tech mushroom farm to grow oyster and shitake mushrooms using straw and coffee grinds later in the year.

    Darren and I have been married 31 years, and we have two dogs: a border collie called Dexter and an English Bull X lurcher called Cookie. We are easy going people and pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome to guests. Although we both eat meat and produce our livestock for meat, we welcome and cater for vegetarians/vegans.

    We are specifically looking for people in September2020 that can help us:

    - Help build our outdoor kitchen in one of our stables - no experience necessary but must be able to do physical work.

    - Put up a shed in one of the fields

    - Erect another polytunnel

    - Paint the exterior of the house and the shutters

    - Erect a new pig pen

    - Repair the field shelters and coops ready for Winter

    - Tidy our garden area (if you have knowledge of planting shrubs, flowers, weeding and general garden tidying then we need you!)

    We have two bedrooms (that share their own shower room) that can accommodate up to 4 people so a family, a couple or 2 friends travelling together.

    Most of the activities will be outdoors so we are looking for people who want to be outdoors most of the time.

    The area we live in is rural but with easy access to the town of Confolens. There is no public transport but we have 2 bicycles that workawyers are welcome to borrow. We can pick you you up at nearby train stations if needed or if you are bringing your own car there is plenty of secure parking. Camper vans also welcome.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Entretien général
    Aide dans une ferme
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    S’occuper des animaux

  • 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

    Visitors will be able to learn about alternative growing systems such as aquaponics and no-dig planting as well as rearing livestock. The activities on our small farm are always changing and we have plans to create a small mushroom farm create some Hugel Beds.

    If English isn't your first language, it could be an opportunity to learn or practice your English - Jackie is a qualified CELTA teacher of English.

    The area we live in is rural but with easy access to the town of Confolens. There is no public transport but we have 2 bicycles that workawyers are welcome to borrow.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide

    Aide

    We are looking for help with the following activities:

    Planting our no-dig potager
    Looking after our livestock
    tidying up around the farm
    installing our outdoor kitchen in one of the stables
    putting up another polytunnel
    helping expand and improve our big aquaponics system
    helping create wicking beds in the aquaponics system
    Building our new sheep shelter before Winter
    General painting (outdoor) and maintenance
    General gardening

    Most of the activities will be outdoors so we are looking for people who want to be outdoors most of the time.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Intermédiaire

  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    Accommodation will be in our spare room (s - there are two bedrooms that share their own shower room.. Meals etc will be taken with the family in the house. Vegetarians/Vegans can be catered for.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We will do our best to make our visitors feel comfortable and welcome, and will help them achieve what they want during their time with us.

    We can help you find things to do during your time off but please note that it is a very rural area and there is no public transport such as buses. metros or taxis. We have 2 bicycles that workawyers are welcome to borrow and the nearest town (Confolens) is 10kms away with shops, restaurants, bars, canoeing, fishing and markets.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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





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