Hot! A Day in My Life as a French Farm Hand


Want to know what it’s like to work as a WWOOFer and be a farm hand on a French farm? Well, here’s what my day was like on Monday. Most days are pretty much the same, with variations in the work of the day (Tuesday was mowing hay, for instance).

6:00: Wake up to the sound of the calves demanding their breakfast.

6:30: Feed the three calves: Frida, Rosalie, and Carmen

6:45: Have a slice of bread, some butter, and some coffee for breakfast.

7:00: Harvest raspberries.

8:30: Pull up and re-make an electric fence around a new field.

10:00: Hoe the fields to make troughs between the rows of bean plants.

12:30: Return to the house.

1:00: Lunch, which is usually the largest meal of the day. Today was trout, couscous, zucchini, potatoes, spinach, and salad with carrots and tomatoes. All fresh, mostly from the garden, all from no more than 20 miles away (except the couscous).

2:00: Nap.

4:00: Check up on stuff on the internet.

6:00: Go for a walk. Attempt, for the third time, to find the chateau ruins the farmers keep telling me about.

8:00: Return, do some writing and design work, and listen to the farmer and his son play music.

9:00: Feed the calves again.

10:00: Dinner, which is often leftovers from lunch, plus soup.

11:30: Return to my house.

12:00: Go to sleep.

So, there you have it! An average day for me here in rural Ardeche.


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  1. Looks like a ton of hard work. but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. Enjoy!

  2. 10:00pm seems awful late for dinner. Is that typical?

  3. Wow! What an experience. Sounds truly wonderful, the simple rural life.