Organic Gardening 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. Thanks to its training courses, they train adults to become apprentice cook / waiter or gardener in organic farming. In addition to acquiring new skills, trainees are accompanied in their job search or in the launch of future professional projects.
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.
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.
Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in rooms of the farm. Mattresses will be available for the volunteers but you have to take your own sleeping bag.
Language: French is welcome to be able to communicate with the trainees.
Requirements: Have an interest in gardening activities and enjoy manual labor. The trainees are practically experiencing the job (activities, schedule, …), then the work can be quite physical and volunteers have to be motivated by working outdoors, regardless of the weather.The respect of the working hours is important in order not to delay the whole group. Additional free time will be offered to the SCI group.
Approximate Location: Rixensart is a quiet charming little town located approximately 20 km from Brussels.
Notes: Volunteers will also see the pedagogic restaurant "La Table de Froidmont" where the vegetables are transformed in dishes cooked by the trainees. They propose French, fresh, organic ingredients and local cuisine.
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.