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Saint Priest La Marche
All Year: Yes (much less in winter
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1-6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 31423
Country: France

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Last Updated: April 8, 2015

Help on my permaculture project in Central France,
Welcome to the trantrangest place on Earth!

Salut les amis !

My name is Martin, I am 3 years and half, I live in the countryside, alone, the parents gone, it’s good times going on!, I live in an ancient farm with an open field, in a remote quiet place called Trantranges, which I feel is so nice and full of vibrations…possibilities...horses, wild horses in my mind…

It just happened so : now my home is in Trantranges !, not exactly in the Mississippi (though it might be possible to play music like you never did before), but more precisely in CENTRAL France, south of the BERRY – north of CREUSE. This area is called “La Marche” because located on the first step of the Massif Central Mountains, but here we are only 4000 meters high, oh 400m sorry.

On the first years, I enjoyed to be “the lonely seeder”: I started to settle the old place on my own way, planting a lot of new trees, creating lively gardens, & mostly walking around with a cup of tea watching the wild life that is buzzing all around…

Since I don’t use alarm clocks no more, I feel when it’s time to wake up, I guess now is more than time – hey! exactly good time !, to welcome guests - friends that I don’t know yet : there are so many nice things to do & to create together, and so much good times to share !

Just a little bit about my approach… ?

Since I met permaculture, I love gardening, planting & taking care of trees, I do everything a little bit in my own way, with a lot of experiments (as Jeffrey Lewis sings […] ‘you don’t have to be a scientist to do experiments, …with your own heart’ […] ), sometimes it works pretty good, or it fails beyond all expectancies, or it goes somewhere in between,: whatever comes, this is learning, I’m nearly 4, how old are you? I guess we’re all learning!

The gardens may already surprise like a mini- weird jungle, I’m surprised every day : is there a gardener here, or what? Not easy to walk? Please become a wilder cat! In my gardens, I like the plants to live their full cycle, so then potentially re-seed by themselves, so part of my ‘work’ would be suggesting my wished orientations, then it happens to turn different, so the story goes on…, playing with nature, who is the best gardener I’ve ever met… this order may seem such messy, but this is the only order I love. Well, I’m just trying to juggle with 1001 seed balls, to begin with :).

Oh I’m planting a fruit forest ! All over the land ! This tree nursery is very young, its beginning reality is slowly & surely growing, taking deep roots, we have to take care of it, year after year, as a gift for the future…Already prodigal by now, legged by “Les Anciens”, there are many big big fruit trees : sympathy for strawberries (this is not a tree, isn’t it?), cherries, pears, pears, pears, peaches, peaches, prunes, prunes, prunes, walnuts, grapes, big hedges…, & this year is a particularly good year ! Please come !

What would you / we do ?

There are so many many projects & things to contribute here ! It depends on your taste, on what you feel like to do today, and it’s mainly leaded by the agenda of nature and the sun and the moon…If you feel like a heavy physical activity: yes no problem! Or you feel like a delicate one, using your magic hands: yes it’s possible!

Since spring, I’ve been working to grow gardens a little bigger than I did before only for me & few friends occasionally, try to grow more vegetables for the people of this Indian summer, and so at this period, all this is a little bit too much work & food for a single me, it’s funny how I’m overwhelmed, so to keep on smiling all the time, I’d be very happy to receive new people!
At this moment, I’d say the needs are general care and maintenance : “useful little things a little bit everywhere”, like :

Gardening, mulching, weeding, cutting, picking fruits on the trees and eat them or do jams, heal plants with plants, collect & cut wood, taking care / fixing old stuffs, harvesting, cooking, fully living! etc…
To give a practical example: it is needed to renew the spines circles protecting the baby trees from roe deers & wild rabbits appetite. Some kind of land art made of spines (cuts of blackberries brambles, wild prunes branches…)…

Then, a little bit latter, when possible, I’d like to enter in an eco-building & renovating cycle, with for instance : to transform small buildings with stone-walls into greenhouses, one of them as a bathroom with 2 D.I.Y solar panels, create wall-coatings with the clay extracted from the pond, create a floor for the future music room & international library oh yeah! Etc...This is permaculture guys!

You could come directly and we see together what’s going on here & now, or If you’d like to know before what could be on, please contact me.

On the evenings, maybe we could improvise music jams around the fireplace; watch a movie outdoor, and…your ideas?

Accommodation ?

Simple and rustic! The house is big, there are 2 bedrooms and a big attic with a lot of mattresses. Plenty place to camp: if so, please bring your own tent.

Dry compost toilets


Here has not a lot of coonvzntianal things, like a regular shower, but warm buckets of water in old grandma bath behind a big window facing the sun
I would answer any questions, if needed :)

When to go ?

I’m starting to guest helpers, and I’d be happy to receive people from august to november. I’d be staying around during the next months, unless few exceptions, like this one:

THE LAST WEEK OF AUGUST : I’ll be away. Or we feel that there are some people who already know enough about how my place could function, or more likely this may give you the opportunity to discover my good friends who are creating beautiful amazing places, and who guest woofers.

To guest woofers at my place is a beginning new experience for me! I appreciate so much this woofing atmosphere & energy at my friend’s places. A lot of woofers people came at my place for the 1st Hey balls party & it was so nice! So I organized myself to get ready for this invitation, here we are!

We try to be more & more eco-friendly in every way, please be patient as we are growing up, we are all learning, teaching, self & together organizing…
Try to live on the present tense!

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