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Mayenne
All Year: No
Area (ha): 1/2
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 49998
Country: France

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Last Updated: September 6, 2019


We are now looking for helpers for early 2019, end of February onwards. DIYers, gardeners, carpenters will all be welcome.
Hosts.. We are English.John and Barbara, retired teachers.
We have owned our property, not a farm, more of a very large garden, since 1989. We now spend half the year here.We have much less energy but still need to keep on top of a productive garden and continue renovations. We have catered for vegans, vegetarians, celiacs and other needs/preferences. We try to be organic gardeners and be self-sufficient with fruit and veg. We keep ducks for eggs, hatching new ones this year (hopefully). Come and help raise them in March/April
Broadband wi-fi is present on site. Bicycles are available.

We aim for self-sufficiency without being extreme. We grow, harvest, and try to conserve any excess.This means bottling and drying produce.
The crops include asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, kiwi,cherries,peaches,apples, pears, apricots,plums, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red and blackcurrants, seedless grapes, figs and physalis. Assorted trees for log burner. This means : weeding, hoeing, pruning, hoeing, mowing, log splitting, hedge trimming, etc.
We are renovating a 300 yr old farmhouse.
We would be really pleased if anyone wanted to make a project of getting rid of a stand of bamboo. Yang made a really good start on that in 2017.
Meals or provisions will be provided as will tea, coffee and soft drinks. There are two guest houses, each with their own bathroom where you will stay.
We don`t expect set hours of work, just pitch in with us, or ask for a project. It usually works out at about 4/5 hours work a day.
We bake our own bread, just mastered sourdough.
It`s quiet and peaceful.





reviews (7)
Helper: Charline Philippoteaux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 19, 2018
We have spent a lovely Week in La Cervelle. John and Barbara are the best hos... view complete review

Helper: Damian and Angela Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 26, 2018
We spent just short of a month with John and Barbara, it was our first HelpX ... view complete review

Helper: Yaju Yang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: September 23, 2017
I have stayed lovely five weeks with Brabara and John, and I am so glad that ... view complete review

Helper: Pavel Hromadnik Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: August 1, 2017
Came back for another 3months with John and Barbara, house/duck sitting, buil... view complete review

Helper: Tillmann Schorstein Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 23, 2017
I stayed with Barbara and John for 4 weeks in June/July and had a faboulous t... view complete review

Helper: Tobias Iaculli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 19, 2017
My stay with John and Barbara (and their son Matt for a bit) has been one of ... view complete review

Helper: Pavel Hromadnik Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: August 28, 2016
I stayed with John and Barbara and their family for wonderful 5weeks. We did... view complete review

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