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Area (ha): 7
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41683
Country: Belgium

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Last Updated: June 1, 2018

Hello ! My name is Sylvain, and I'm a found of nature gardener/farmer in his early thirties. Since I don't really give myself time to travel that much any longer I d be very happy to be part of your travels.

Some years ago a couple of relatives bought a 7 ha meadow next to their home in Cockaifagne and asked me if I wanted to do something on it. So I started experimenting there and got more and more interested into permaculture, agro forestry, food forest garden and so on.

Bernard and Ruth, the owners of the place are a sweet retired couple in their seventies. Bernard is found of paraglinding but when the wind is good ha gladly mown the lawn for hours and that his blessing to me ^^ His wife Ruth is from Switzerland and loves teaching languages to immigrants, baking carrot cakes and also does some little things to help. My friend Axel also comes to help sometimes as well and of course my lovely little dog Yoli is part of the dreamteam and tries to help by catching the voles.

My goals for the next years would be to slowly establish myself there, produce most of what I eat, make a living out of ma passion and help people around turning the lawn into fertile ecosystems.

The productions would mostly be fresh and preserved fruits, berries and mushrooms. Seeds, useful plants, and herbal teas would be great as well.

The tasks are various from giving a second life to pallets to taking care of the orchards and vegetable garden. We use to have geese to care of as well but the fox ate them all and we 're waiting for the right time to start our natural grass management program.

Me and most people I dwell with are vegetarians or eat really few meat and dairy. If you 're vegan, no problems we ll eat vegan with you.

In Jalhay, you ll find a nice lake, a tiny natural park named the high fens and a beautiful forest. I have plenty of montain bikes and maps you can borrow. From Verviers or Eupen, the two closest cities you can hop in a train that goes to the seaside in 3 hours stopping in Liège, Bruxelles, Gent and Brugges. Aarchen, Maastricht and Koln are pretty close as well. I enjoy kayaking as well when there s enough water in the rivers.

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