Would you like to be captivated by the curiosities that are yet to unfold in the French hills? Looking to be part of an inclusive, creative community? Come trade your skills and knowledge in exchange for partnering up with us to become part of our collaborator team.
The Catfarm in France is an off-grid community of travellers and creatives that come here to pioneer a different way of life, centred around Community, Sustainability, and Creativity.
We are searching for new partners to join us in our vision to build a sustainable off-grid community in a former vineyard in the beautiful South of France, where the summer lasts eight months and the beach is just a few kilometres away. We are offering the opportunity to live here for free and make this your new home. You’ll be able to use a workshop full of tools (everything from a tractor to welding equipment and more), plenty of space for self-expression and creativity and a global community of volunteers that continuously sign up for helping out.
This way of life means you have the freedom to work as a digital nomad or find work in the surrounding area. A bed can be provided for you in the Hanger, but you can also bring a caravan or camper van, or build your own tiny house.
Would you like to get involved for a longer time (3+ months) and be a part of our concept?
- Able to use your creative vision
- Driven and assertive
- Self-organised and able to plan ahead
- A team player (there are many cats here on the farm that can teach you a thing or two)
- Have the amount of time required for the project.
- Have some practical skills and an eye for detail
- Responsible & reliable
List of Projects:
- Making wine – 6 months *****
- Build Domes – 4 months *****
- Build Sauna – 2 months ***
- The garden – 2 months *
- Convert a car into a tool shed – 1 month **
- Make wooden floor – 2 weeks *
The stars * resemble the level of independence and skills you should have to develop this project.
***** 5 stars – You will be completely independent and this will be your own project
* 1 star – You will be having instructions about the procedure of the project and possibly join someone more skilled in this area to teach you how to get hands-on it.
If you would like to be involved in the project for a shorter term ( 3+ weeks) as a volunteer you can register through the volunteer page
Besides the project collaborator positions we are also looking for skilled volunteers and people for internships, check out those pages.
Also, we are on the search for:
- Trainer for Erasmus Youth Exchange
- Permaculture or gardening lover
- Vegan cook
- Software programmer / developer (online)
- Documentary maker about Catfarm life
- Artists in residence (DJs, musicians, mural artists, festival makers, concept designers, performance artists etc.)
If you are looking for opportunities that don’t require you physically to be here
Please drop us a line with your CV and motivation at email@example.com
Project open positions
Wine Maker *****
What we would like to do is making our own wine. Are you the person that can cultivate our vineyards and produce a tasty Purr-lot or Cat-bernet? Then you might be the right person to collaborate with the Catfarm as a winemaker.
This is a longer-term project. You will need to speak native-level French or find someone that can help you with French, as there are administrative tasks to be done (such as getting planning permission from City Hall) which will require high-level language skills. Although we sometimes have French volunteers staying at the farm, our Cats come and go freely in typical feline style, and we can’t guarantee a native speaker being available during your stay.
Dome Architect *****
Would you like to get involved for a longer time (4+months) and be a part of our concept? Are you skilled in architectural design? Then you might be the one making it possible to have better installations for our long-termers.
We have big plans for one of our fields. A short way from the farm, this fallow plot of land is full of promise, just waiting for the right person to come and bring it to life. We envision a field filled with domes where our permaculture plants can thrive and we can educate local people and travellers on the benefits and possibilities of self-sufficiency. The domes will also be used in the future as part of our Youth Exchange programme, as well as a potential events space.
Although we have a clear overall vision for the project, the details and design of the project will be for you to decide – we want you to have the creative direction to mix your vision with ours!
This is a longer-term project requiring at least a 4-month commitment from you (probably longer considering the work to be done).
You will need to speak native-level French or find someone that can help you with French, as there are administrative tasks to be done (such as getting planning permission from City Hall) which will require high-level language skills. Although we sometimes have French volunteers staying at the farm, our Cats come and go freely in typical feline style, and we can’t guarantee a native speaker being available during your stay.
In return we will do all we can to help you bring your architectural vision to life: you will have full access to the farm’s equipment and facilities as well as our volunteers to help you, and we will do our best to provide anything else which you need (although please do bear in mind that we are just a small off-grid community, so if you ask for the moon you’ll have to wait while we open a space programme!).
Build Sauna ***
Become the sauna kitty and get the Catfarm more steamy!
Help us building a round Sauna! Inside, a small wood-burning stove and through the stained-glass windows, views of the vineyards.
Something with a little porch at the front, and a swing in the nearby tree (since naked swinging is very 2020).
So together let’s research how many sweaty kitties we can fit into a small community sauna <3
This is a long term project and it is important that you stick with us until the end so commitment is necessary. We also expect you to have building skills and be able to manage a group of people that will be helping you making this possible.
Help in the Garden *
The Catfarm garden is a big activity in itself, and we want to make it the most efficient and sustainable throughout the years. In respect and consideration of life, we aim for a Permaculture design, and whatever is good for Nature to flourish with us.
Leave no traces but bees and earthworms!
For 2020, the vision is to develop the base for a healthy garden: Compost systems, lasagna, pluriannual bushes and plants. Making the Catfarm beautiful and mosquito-free is a goal that we will also focus on next year.
Expansion of the Chickenhouse
→ Want to help to improve our chicks wellbeing? We want to make them happy and we have the possibility to expand their homes. Interested in Chickenhouse design? Come to us, cool cat!
Garden Structures to Build
→ In Catfarm, we started the process for having a permaculture style educational garden. Want to help us making it in the best way? Irrigation, masonry, planting, building compost,… Come share your gifts with us 🙂
Kangoo into a toolshed **
Want to learn how to convert a CAR into a TOOLSHED? Come transform the Kangoo with us!
With even more dents than kilometres, it’s time to give this driving legacy a final resting spot. At nearly 20 years of age and after about 500,000 km around Europe, it will become our new toolshed. Drawers for pliers and all screwdrivers organised à la Catfarm 2020. This will be a push towards being more organised in swag..
Painting and getting the lights working will be part of the project as well. Artists are welcome!
We already made this car into a guest accommodation. More information about this upcycling project can be found here.
For this project, we are looking for people with some building experience, electricians, painters or artists! Ideally, we would like to gather a group of people with many different skills to together make this transformation!
Wooden Floor *
For this project, you will be joining our team to make a wooden floor under the shaded area. This is a covered area where we usually eat when it is sunny. This space would be wonderful for a yoga class with a view to Poussan or any other kind of activities that require a comfortable soft and even floor.
Click and submit this form to become our project partner or to pitch a project to us. All applications are personally reviewed. Within 4 days, you will get a reply.