Discovering Permaculture in Froidmont Farm
Description: The Farm of Insertion “Froidmont” is a nonprofit association of social economy and socio-professional integration. Since its creation in 2010, it has addressed three challenges our society is facing: the lack of jobs, social exclusion and separation, destruction of our natural environment. Through its various initiatives, the project trains and accompanies adults in a precarious situation to find a job and works for social inclusion and protection of the environment. Its pedagogy is companionship and training through work. They train adults to become apprentice cook / waiter or gardener in organic farming. These trainings them to find a place in the society, to re-learn the right attitudes in the workplace and to regain self-confidence and in the eyes of others.
Type of Work: Mainly organic gardening. Volunteers will participate to various tasks related to agroecology. They will work in a team with the trainees of the farm with the same working hours: 8 am until 16 pm Activities will be diverse: soil and plant work, ergonomic and maintenance of tools, composting, mulching, green manure, sowing, transplanting, planting, fruit, red fruit, ponds, forestry, rotations and associations, plan of culture, fence, irrigation, greenhouses. Volunteers will also learn permaculture- organic methods and how to transform vegetable products (in the kitchen).
Study Theme: Learning by practicing the profession of organic gardener in permaculture. The vegetable gardens are also open to citizens and even shared: plots of land are dedicated to those who wish to cultivate their own vegetables. Volunteers will also see the pedagogic restaurant "La Table de Froidmont" where the vegetables are transformed in dishes cooked by the trainees. They propose a French cuisine, with ingredients organic and local; everything is fresh, homemade and fair.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in rooms of the farm.
Language: English but French is welcome to be able to communicate with the trainees.
Requirements: Have an interest in gardening activities and enjoy manual labor. The work can be quite physical and you must be motivated by working outdoors, regardless of the weather. It's necessary to respect the working hours in order not to delay the whole group. To work in a team, the proposed working hours are the same as for the trainees (8h-16h). Additional free time will be offered to compensate.
Approximate Location: Rixensart is a quiet charming little town located approximately 20 km from Brussels
Notes: Volunteers will eat everyday with the team and the trainees in the pedagogical restaurant "La table de Froidmont" that offers mainly VEGETARIAN food.
Not accessible to wheelchairs.