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Saint Laurent les Bains
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2 to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 35012
Country: France

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Last Updated: March 3, 2020


Looking for fit and motivated helpers as we are planning to build a 700m long fence for our lamas and goats ! Cutting and chopping wooden poles, hammering them in a rocky ground and attching a 1.50m high fence... sounds exciting!

Plus if you have some skills in gardening, if you are interested in permacultural experiments, if you feel like doing some gardening and taking care of our animals, we would love to host some enthusiastic HelpXers to take care of our beautiful terraced garden!!

As we have 2 kids and some work to do, we won't be 100% available to take time with you, so we would prefer rather independent couples or pairs, with a good sense of autonomy... Babysitting skills most welcome :)

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Hello! We are a young couple (in our 30's) living in the mountainous (800m altitude) Cévennes region (Ardèche, south-east Massif Central) in a very remote village. It is wild and perfect for nature lovers and for those who are interested in an alternative way of living.

We are building up a small farm mixing various activities such as: organic gardening on mountainous terraces, permaculture experiments, ecological bramble clearing (with 2 goats and 2 llamas), chicken coop, ecological building (cob, woodwork, etc...), wild crop harvesting, drying and processing. We also brew cider from our apples and make elderberry flower lemonade, herbal teas, jams and preserves... We have 2 dogs and 2 hungry cats!

We have various tasks which we'll briefly talk about...

For the time being, we do focus on outside work, especially our garden, such as building raised beds, weeding, sewing and planting...
If you are here whilst we are doing cider, lemonade, fruit picking, preserve making etc we would be happy to have some helping hands...

We are happy to welcome couples with children (and even babies) as this is a positive helpX experience for our toddler as well! Any babysitting skills will be appreciated!

Our interests : nature observation and contemplation, healthy-living, drawing, painting and art in general, music, travelling and hiking, meeting people etc...

Fern is from Yorkshire (England) and is involved in a local reggae music band.
Thomas lived and studied in Orléans and Blois (France) but has his family origins in Ardèche. He works as a landscape architect from his home-office.

From March 2009 to July 2010, we travelled from Ardèche to India overland and we've written a 'carnet de voyage' travel book. We like to share our experiences and we would be glad to welcome you in our remote area!

If you don't have any means of transport we can pick you up at the nearest train station : "la Bastide-Puylaurent". Hitch-hiking and car-sharing are also good means of reaching our valley...

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