LA FERME DU MOULIN DES MONTS
Along with running Île aux Chiens we are also a Micro-Green producer, a small market garden, and a learning center promoting the No-Dig methodology and Permaculture Design. Microgreens are delicious, nutrient-dense superfoods. The No-Dig methods give superb results and time saving techniques in the production of growing vegetables. Permaculture Design promotes sustainable and regenerative living and makes a difference at a local level. Eating well is a big passion for us and we believe that locally sourced, seasonal foods are the best preventative health care you can give yourself.
La Ferme is our home, a place of inspiration for us, a space to empower people with practical and resourceful long-term information and solutions on how to grow great foods and implement design systems to minimize our impact on the environment.
We also manage a French Vintage Brocante online shop. We are keen to reduce our waste, recycle, reuse and repurpose whenever possible.
We are delighted that you have found our petite farm.
Microgreens are tasty nutrient dense superfoods. These tiny powerhouses encapsulate all the benefits of the mature plant in a highly concentrated form. Microgreens are just-sprouted vegetable/ herb seeds, that are in their first days of growth in fertile compost when picked.
We are passionate about eating nutrient dense tasty foods, and we are very happy to grow these superfoods. We are delighted to supply the top restaurants in the Limousin with our greens. We grow many different varieties, all grown from high quality seeds in compost, with no use of any pesticides or chemicals. A vertical growing environment that enables us to grow for success for 365 days of the year!
Microgreens contain a high concentration of prebiotic fibre, stimulating the growth of beneficial microbes in your digestive tract. Gut health is linked to better immunity, healthy elimination, reduced risk of colorectal cancers, improved energy levels, and healthy weight maintenance. Studies have proven that microgreens contain 4 to 40 times more vitamins, enzymes, minerals, antioxidants and beneficial properties than equivalent products grown to maturity. As an example, consuming about 30g of broccoli microgreens is equivalent to eating almost 1.5kg of broccoli grown to maturity.
There are so many benefits to having microgreens in your diet. We’ve long known that eating more fresh vegetables keeps us healthy and is linked to reducing chronic diseases. Such conditions that microgreens can protect you from include Heart disease, certain Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, and poor Kidney function. Microgreens contain much lower potassium levels, so anybody with poor kidney function can enjoy the health benefits of microgreens without worrying about increasing potassium intake.
Microgreens can have a real, tangible impact on your health if consumed as a regular and consistent part of your diet. They have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties that contribute to: Boost in brain function and immunity, Clear congestion, Improved digestive function and healthy glowing skin.
This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician.
Our greens are available to buy directly from us here at La Ferme.
All our crops are propagated on site using high quality seeds. There is a full traceability to everything we produce, ensuring the best tasting, nutrient dense foods. We also sell Microgreen Starter Kits if you prefer to grow your own at home.
If you are interested to sample our micro-greens then please get in touch.
Whatever your experience or interest we hope we have a workshop that resonates with you. Whether you live locally and wish to attend a workshop, you are visiting the Limousin region on holiday, or you wish to book a mini break away to coincide with one of our workshops we look forward to hearing from you soon.
1) Introduction into Permaculture
2) Introduction into No-Dig Techniques
3) How to grow Microgreens
4) Beginners Guide to Propagation
5) Designing your Vegetable Garden
All our workshops are currently taught in english and tailored for a beginner.
Our workshops are designed for you to visit a working farm and learn more about the benefits of Permaculture, No-Dig techniques and how to grow nutrient dense vegetables & microgreens. With so many problems facing us globally now has never been a better time to learn new skills to live in harmony with nature, to become more self sufficient, make positive changes to elements of life that you value. and minimise our impact on the environment. Our hope is that you will leave after our workshops feeling re-energised and inspired to be the change you wish to see in the world.
If you interested in joining us for a workshop please get in touch to register your interest or click here to get more information.
We are also happy to schedule a bespoke workshop experience based on our availability. So if you are a couple or a small group of friends please get in touch with the dates that suit you and we will do our best to accommodate you.
PERMACULTURE. NO-DIG. MICROGREENS
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE ?
Permaculture Design promotes sustainable and regenerative living and making a difference at a local level. Permaculture is an ecological and innovative design system for now and future generations. The phrase was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren from Australia. Permaculture creates systems for regeneration and sustainable living in harmony with nature’s intelligence. There are 12 principles which give a beautiful framework sharing practical and productive methodology that cares for the planet and creates solutions to problems that we face both locally and globally. It is a philosophy & flexible movement that encourages us to be resourceful, responsible, self reliant and minimise our impact on the environment. We can design ourselves out of the current world problems. It’s about aligning our actions to the natural systems so we become the most beneficial element on earth rather than the most damaging. We need a design plan, Permaculture has that design plan.
WHAT IS NO DIG ?
No-Dig methods give superb and time-saving results in the production of vegetables. No-Dig gardening, or no-tillage is a method that avoids disturbing of the soil. It is gaining in popularity in gardening and retentive farming. When growing crops, rather than using machinery such as tractors, plows, spades, to turn or cultivate the soil , no-dig is more or less leaving the soil alone. One of the most favourable reasons of this method is that no-dig prevents soils erosion and compaction. This in turn creates healthier soil that absorbs, retains moisture and nutrients better. Using a mulch of compost on a no-dig vegetable bed it unlocks fertility and there are less weeds. By feeding the soil it results in healthier soil organisms and fine threads of mycorrhizal fungi (many which are harmed by tillage) which in turn means healthier crops and stronger yields. Plus you save time by not digging.
WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?
Microgreens are just-sprouted vegetable/ herb seeds, that are in their first days of growth in fertile compost when picked. When harvested at this young stage of development there is a concentration of vitamins A, B, C and E, enzymes, and minerals (iron, calcium), beta-carotene, several antioxidants and even dietary fibre. In addition to having a low calorie and fat ratio, microgreens are known to be natural antioxidants contributing to the maintenance of good physical health. Micro-Greens are tasty nutrient dense superfoods.
We host 1/2 day & full day experiences from February through to early October.
Whatever your experience or interest we hope we have a workshop that resonates with you. Whether you live locally and wish to attend a workshop, you are visiting the Limousin region on holiday, or you wish to book a mini break away to coincide with one of our workshops. All our workshops are currently taught in english.
Please click the link below to visit our La Ferme du Moulin des Monts website.
We are video documenting our progress with renovating the Moulin, so you are welcome to head over to our Moulin des Monts youtube channel and subscribe to see all our latest videos. The Moulin is going to be an epic project, and we promised to share with you all our highs and lows! We are certainly no experts in owning a Mill and all that it entails (if there are any Mill enthusiasts out there please get in touch) but we are enthusiastic and looking forward to learning new skills along the way.
We know there are problems with the Moulin as it has been neglected for many many years, but in trying to bring this beautiful building back to life it will not to be for the faint hearted. Yikes what have we let ourselves in for! We have an array of mixed emotions on a daily basis, but remain optimistic and positive about what is possible for us to do whilst trying to keep our sense of humour as we go.
Our vision is still not 100% clear as with most big projects it evolves, but in time our hope is that it becomes an integral part of our business moving forward. In 2023 we began turning our attention towards this lovely old building. Our initial aim is to make the the floors safe again, and address the water damage. . .
Follow us as we promote sustainable and regenerative living, renovate the Moulin. Click here to visit our channel.
FRENCH VINTAGE SHOP
It's super fun finding vintage objects that can be reused in different and creative ways. There are so many hidden gems collecting dust in flea markets, charity shops, emporiums, barns, attics, etc that are in perfectly useable condition and can be easily repurposed. Some of our shop objects are salvaged directly from Le Moulin des Monts. These beautiful vintage pieces will add character, perhaps become a talking point at your dinner parties, and give uniqueness to any home decor for years to come. Visit our Etsy shop by clicking the button below.