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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 96327
Country: France

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Last Updated: February 16, 2020

Hello,

We live in a little farm, in the Northern part of France, near Lille and Belgium. We arrived here more than 30 years ago and we really like this region.
I came back on the farm three years ago to grow organic hop. We also take care of an apple orchard. My parents are also on the farm. As my mum was primary-school teacher on the farm, we are used to welcome and host people. It's a very happy and simple farm, a very nice place to live in, work together and rest when needed!

Our farm is an organic small-scale farm willing to be as autonomous as possible. We initiate projects to deal with climate change and the upcoming issues. We are welcoming and always ready to share our experience.

We mainly work on the hop crops and the orchard. All year long, there are things to do in the hopyard and orchard as taking care of the growing plants, taking the weeds out, cutting the grass, planting and prune trees… Thus, it means, we also do all the works related to this culture (drying the hops, transform it into pellets, building tools, preparing the orders...). Then, we take care of the farm, the animals we have there. We also spend time with visitors and friends!

From February to march, we prepare the hop yard for the upcoming year, we take off the old ropes that helps the hop to grow, count the missing plants, take away some weeds... In the orchard, we prune the trees, we plant the new trees.
In April, we attached the ropes from the hop yard to the ground for the hop to grab on. We can plant the missing plants.
In May, we help the hop to grab on the ropes if it hasn't been able to get there itself. We need to take of some weeds as well. We set up the irrigation system in case there are some droughts.
In June, we need to take care of the plants with natural treatments and sprayings : we use soap and whey (organic and natural). We also help the hop growing better by making small hills around the base of the plant.
In July, we water the hop, we give natural treatments.
In August, we start preparing the harvest, we start the different machine, clean the barn, start the dryer (or kiln)... We also start the apple picking.
In September, here come the harvest. It's the big moment of the year : we take the bines from the field, introduce them in the harvester (the hop picking machine), gather the hop cones, dry them for 8 hours.
Then we prepare the hops into pellets and prepare the orders, this is in October. During this month, we also harvest the last apples, sell them or make apple juice. We plant little hop plants for next year.
In November, we deliver the hop, we clean the fields, we take off the irrigation system, we graze the grass in the hop yard before the winter.
In December, we repair the machines, take care of the farm, we keep on selling the apple and the apple juice and we rest a little bit!

We have a room in our house, with all needed accommodations. A nice living room, a fireplace. Wifi... But the atmosphere in the farm is the best part of the place, little gardens, a few nice animals (goats, tiny pony, cats, hens...), many trees...

There are many nice places to visit around and hike. Lille is half an hour away, by car or by train. Belgium is just a few miles away, Brugges is less than an hour away.

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