Here at Padies, which is situated in Lampaut the south country of France about an 45 minutes from ToulouI am refurbished an old renaissance chateau, built on a heritage site. Padies is a tourist destination and national landmark. The owners and their son are slowly cultivating the land, to produce vegetables and creating working farm systems, experimenting and trying principles of permaculture and biodynamic methods and techniques. It is just in the beginning stages of becoming a producing farm for local markets.
I have been here a little over two weeks now. I haven’t had much time to sit down and write because breaks are scarce. There is still a lot of work to be done. A learning process in its self on how to actually get the farm system up and running and having it remain sustainable is hard to predict for the future. In my time being here, i have successfully socialized two donkeys. The idea here is to raise grass fed animal as well as using principles of rotational grazing, in order to maintain grass growth and feed for animals. However the set up of the system as a whole has some faults. The in and out of working hands is unpredictable so things often get started but not finished.