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Making your French farm or agri-tourism project work for you
Do you want to buy a property in France with a couple of hectares or more? Do you prefer your French property made money rather than cost you money? If you have an agricultural or agri-tourism project (llamas, horses, vineyards, olive trees, bees, gites...). As a hobby-farmer in France, there are different opportunities that are worth taking into consideration.
Expert Bilingual Advice is around the corner
We have recently teamed up with a couple who own a hobby-farm in the south of France and have learned the how, who, when and where over the last 3 years. They are happy to share their experience with us and with you to help you maximise the available opportunities to make your French farming venture a successful one while saving precious time and cutting through all the usual red tape.
The French government wants to help people who are sensitive to rural ecology and environment. Will your home preserve the rural environment, encourage local biodiversity, diminish the use of fertilizers and pesticides? Will your project help create sustainable communities with agri-tourism or high quality farm products? Many different grants are available to help make your dream an achievable reality.
But hang on, why is France so helpful? Each European country crafts its agricultural aid package (CAP) around its key needs. The de-population of the country-side is upper-most at present. Within the objectives laid down by Europe, aid has been targeted towards small and hobby-farmers who will reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides, maintain biodiversity and support local employment. With this raft of aid, France welcomes hobby-farmers to come and try their hand in their beautiful country.
Agri-Tourism is the key activity, this includes:
- Hospitality services (campsites, Bed & Breakfasts, gites, treehouses, …)
- Outdoor recreation activities (rambling, fishing, hunting, wildlife study, horseback riding)
- Educational experiences (farm tours, cooking classes, cheese making or wine tasting)
- Entertainment (harvest festivals or barn dances, haycart rides)
- On-farm direct sales (u-pick operations, full retail or roadside stands).
- Farming - in all its varieties; llamas, bees, horses, donkeys, cattle, goats, sheep etc. Vineyards, olive trees, fruit and nut orchards, aromatic and medicinal plants.
As high production farms get larger, hobby and lifestyle farmers must diversify their incomes. Agri-tourism is a growing sector as people become more aware of the growing, processing and care of their food.
Hobby farms set up correctly can be supported from a wide range of grants. Understanding how, who, when and where is the key to accessing these grants. This aid can all add up to serious sums depending on your property and can help you get financed.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to discuss your specific requirements.