DO’S AND DON’TS FOR LIV­ING THE GOOD LIFE IN FRANCE…

Living France - - Organic Farming -

DO...

• ...your re­search. Louisa ad­vises new farm­ers to stick to rais­ing one main an­i­mal for the first few years. Make sure you know what live­stock you want to raise be­fore buy­ing land. Take the time to find out how much work they will re­quire, what it will cost and – fun­da­men­tally – that they are suit­able for where you’re go­ing to live. • Be friendly! “If you’ve got neigh­bours, the most im­por­tant thing is to in­tro­duce your­selves, in­vite them round and let them know what you’re do­ing,” says Louisa. “Try to be as amenable and wel­com­ing as pos­si­ble be­cause hav­ing your neigh­bours as friends is a god­send.”

DON’T...

• …for­get to plan in some down­time. The farm­ing year is a busy one, from spring­time lamb­ing to au­tumn har­vest­ing, so plan in a break. How­ever, if go­ing away you’ll need some­one to care for your an­i­mals. • …get your an­i­mals in be­fore you have the grain to feed them. “If you’re go­ing to have a num­ber of an­i­mals to feed on a daily ba­sis, then you need to have a harvest in first,” warns Louisa, who ad­mits she did it the other way around and paid a for­tune for or­ganic feed. “Sow your seed, get some grain in and make some si­los to store your seed.”

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