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Fresnoy, eastern France
All Year: Spring to Fall
Area (ha): 14
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 6605
Country: France

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Last Updated: August 24, 2016

We are Sarah and Dominique, living in the middle of nowhere in a 1830 build farmhouse.

Dominique is working as a lumberjack, while Sarah is teaching in a school for sustainable agriculture and taking care of the housekeeping, including the gardening and taking care of the animals. We both take care of the horses and work on our various construction projects.

We just recently bought a long time abandoned, overgrown farm in a forgotten valley, and we need help with cleaning up, clearing brush, getting rid of the old fences, building new ones, but also building shelters for the horses, the goats, our hay stack...

We renovated our current home with ecological materials, and we would like to share our skills and amount of work with some helping hands, since there is really to much work for the to of us.

Until then, we continue to take care of our arabian horses and of the rest of our animals (2 cats and a dog, hens and a rooster.
Since May, 15 lorraine goats and a small flock of sheep are helping us with the clearing of the brush on the new farm.. ).

We are looking for some help, of course, but we are also fond of the cultural exchange that HelpX provides. We loved hosting our first Helpxers, who permitted us to discover other countries, cultures, manners and habits. Long, sometimes late-night discussions often finish our work days, not speaking of week-ends, where we have more time to share. We fully integrate our helpXers in our daily life, means you can fully immerse ourselves in the french "art de vivre".


We are non-smokers and would prefer only hosting non smokers too.

While Sarah speaks fluently german (she's born in Freiburg, Germany) and quite well english, Dominique speaks only french!

Duties/various tasks, depending on the season: helping in the vegetable garden, taking care of the animals, preserving and canning fruits and vegetables, improving the housings of the animals, sometimes helping with construction, and housekeeping!

Schedule:

We expect approximately 30 hours work per week, from Monday to Friday. Sunday is an off-day. Work on the farm starts at 8AM, and we need to travel for about 35Minutes. Schedule is tight on mornings, because Sarah has to be at School at 8AM too, and everyone drives to the Farm/School together since they are close together.

Experience is not generally needed for the work, we will teach you what you need to know, and we will be around most of the time. We expect though that our helpers are committed to their work, and that they "see" what needs to be done.

Our place may not be the best choice for people dealing with another occupation while helpXing (online paid work, studies...). We got the feeling that the exchange always suffers in a way or an other from this other "duty".

People with physical issues (asthma, heartp roblems...) may please tell us in advance, so that we can schedule their stay in accordance to their physical capacities.

Hosting: we have an independent 40m room for our helpers, with a nice fireplace for the chillier nights. You also get to use your own shower.

The meals will be provided, mostly with vegetables from our garden and dairy-goats and the rest of local producers. We don't eat much meat. Sometimes, I will ask for help preparing them, and some for cleaning the table.

We also have a Wifi or CPL-Internet access inside the house.


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