The Château de Sacy welcomes registered WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) members. The International WWOOF Association is dedicated to helping those who want to volunteer at organic farms and gardens around the world. WWOOF volunteers usually participate in exchange for food and accommodation from their WWOOF host.
The aims of the International WWOOF Association are:
- to enable people to learn first-hand about organic growing techniques,
- to enable people to experience living and helping on a farm or garden,
- to help farmers and gardeners make organic production a viable alternative,
- to improve communications within the organic movement.
Working at the Château
Château de Sacy, the host closest to Paris, asks for only 4 hours help a day, 6 days a week, and puts you up in the château itself. Every day is different, whether it is outdoors: maintaining 1ha of formal / kitchen garden, orchard and small wood, feeding doves or cycling to market; or indoors: jam-making, learning French cookery and getting used to green living. In your free time you can explore the many nearby tourist attractions (including the Châteaux at Chantilly & Compiègne, World War I and ancient Roman landmarks). Or stay at home to play French billiards or assist our British and French artists in-residence (see News for residency dates, usually in the summer). Our village is 65km north of Paris and 7km from Pont Sainte-Maxence train station (35 minutes from Paris Gare du Nord, the Eurostar station). Charles de Gaulle airport (Roissy) is 49km away.
What To Do
To register as a WWOOFer, contact WWOOF France at www.wwoof.fr (e-mail email@example.com). Once you’ve got a WWOOF number, you may contact us by letter, fax or email. Do not telephone at this stage. Please tell us why you chose Château de Sacy and say a few words about yourself together with when you would like to come and how long you would like to stay. Bear in mind that a period of between one and three weeks usually works out best for both parties. We will answer right away and will then expect your confirmation within a week.