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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 12104
Country: France

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Last Updated: March 19, 2019

We need helpers specifically for the end of March and 2019
I have had several minor and one major operation and would like to have someone here who can look after our 15 chickens and five sheep and help my wife.
Chickens need letting out in the morning about 9.0am and feeding and watering and shutting up at night they take themselves to bed but need counting and locking in.
The sheep need additional feed and water needs checking a couple of times a day. Experience with bees could be a help.
In the long term we really want people who are keen to learn about gardening organically and don't mind getting their hands dirty.
We can provide a selection of work clothes and some footwear .
There wll be garden work, weeding flower and veg beds.
Adaptability and common sense are invaluable working in our situation.
We usually speak English in the house so it could be useful for those who wish to improve their English as well as their French.
Some Helpx have completed or started studies while here. Some have painted or explored the walkways on foot or with the bikes.
When it is not possible to work on the land we have many inside jobs in the barn. Woodwork, plastering, plumbing, painting, minor electrical work. clearing, cleaning and sorting stuff that has been left as we prioritize urgent work. We have a lot of DIY work.
There are always individual garden projects. Previous helpers tamed a bamboo jungle,cleared an overgrown bog and built pathways. Others learnt to bottle fruit and make jams,pickles and chutneys.
We always have work with the animals. Feeding, looking after and cleaning out the chickens, sheep and lambs.
Normally helpers are in the main house. Their room has its own bathroom and facilities for personal tea/coffee making.
The potager/veg garden, both of the 2 lakes are in a naturally beautiful setting, there is carp fishing in the lakes, there is also a bog garden, some woodland and an orchard.
We offer good food, peace and quiet, self contained accommodation.
You can join in the Monday art class and practice your French at the same time.
We have good relationships with our French neighbors who have welcomed our helpers into their homes and community during their stay with us. A local French prof. has French classes here which you could join.
I should add that age is catching up with us and what we need is an input of energy and people with bendier knees.
We ask that you don't smoke in the house.
Games players are welcome, cards, chess, etc. We have a couple of bikes which helpers are free to use, if you have a helmet we advise that you bring it for your own safety.
There are very active walking groups in our area which you would be welcome to join.
There are no large towns close by but several small and charming villages.
Train connections from Paris to Evron via Le Mans or Laval, cheapest on Www.oui.sncf or Blablacar.
We look forward to hosting you. Vic & Jackie

reviews (20)
Helper: Javier Marco Estella Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: July 29, 2018
I had an incredible time with Victor and Jaquie. Their gardens are simply ama... view complete review

Helper: Michelle Giuffrida Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 9, 2017
My first helpx-stay was amazing. I had such a beautiful time with Jacki and V... view complete review

Helper: Gillian Bryce Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 29, 2017
Nature and nurture are definitely at the heart of La Dodiniere. Jack and Vict... view complete review

Helper: Ivan Garcia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: December 6, 2016
Jacky and Vic are amazing hosts and would definitely recommend their place. ... view complete review

Helper: David Sadan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Israel Date: October 16, 2016
Living with Jackie and Victor for 10 days was a pleasant, inspiring, mind ope... view complete review

Helper: Lucía and Lola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: October 1, 2016
We stayed with Jacquie and victor for nearly a month, during August. They are... view complete review

Helper: Andrew and Sarah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 6, 2016
We stayed with Victor and Jackie for 2 weeks. They were our first host so we ... view complete review

Helper: Jostein Dahlum Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Norway Date: March 8, 2016
I stayed with Victor and Jackie for two weeks. They live in a neat house w... view complete review

Helper: Maryam Vaziri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 27, 2016
Awesome hosts!I spent almost two months in this farm and I have had an amazin... view complete review

Helper: Alistair YOUNG Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 25, 2016
Had an interesting time working at victor and Jackies place never worked at ... view complete review

Helper: Martyn and Maxine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 19, 2015
Vic & Jacqui are the best hosts, always concerned with the welfare of their h... view complete review

Helper: Gaeline Aherne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 4, 2015
Staying with Victor and Jacqui for close to six weeks was a wonderful introdu... view complete review

Helper: Steve and Jannie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 3, 2015
Jannie and I have just returned to Denmark after spending a week with Jackie,... view complete review

Helper: Marie and Marcus Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: March 10, 2015
In January, we stayed for one month with Jackie (Vic was working abroad most ... view complete review

Helper: James English Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 2, 2014
I stayed with Vic and Jackie for about a month from the end of Sept, to the e... view complete review

Helper: Flavio and Fabiola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: April 11, 2014
We spent one month in Jackie and Victor's house last spring. The place it's j... view complete review

Helper: Ben Borman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 26, 2013
Hello Helpex! This review is way over due as I stayed for just over a mont... view complete review

Helper: Mez Kerr Jones Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 13, 2013
Me and a friend stayed with Vic & Jacqui back in August for a few weeks. We h... view complete review

Helper: Laura Holland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: December 20, 2012
I spent 6 wonderful weeks with Vic and Jackie. Instantly I felt welcomed and... view complete review

Helper: Carmel and Paul Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: July 17, 2012
We spent just over 2 weeks with Vic and Jackie in July. They are great fun a... view complete review

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