The Catfarm is an off-grid community welcoming travelers, (digital) nomads, artists, entrepreneurs and anyone with the will to explore an alternative lifestyle closer to nature.
Located on a farm on the outskirts of the medieval village of Poussan, near Montpellier, we play host to an ever-changing array of wanderers that want to go beyond dreaming and start doing. Founded in 2012 when Ulysses, the son of owner Ruud, invited volunteers to join him in repaying a debt to his father by rebuilding and renovating areas of the farm, the Catfarm is named after the colony of stray cats which had made it their home at the time. Since then, we have continued to provide a home for roaming souls, and have slowly gathered together an international community of creatives and travellers to create appealing ways to demonstrate self sufficient living. We aim to develop our own lifestyle in harmony with nature, as well as building links with the local community and educating people to reduce waste, work together, express their creativity and understand the benefits of community life and learning from one another.
So far, as well as adapting the farmhouse and surrounds to produce food and gather solar energy, our biggest projects have included upcycling Ruud’s old Peugeot into a bedroom, building ourselves a tipi, and starting to host youth exchanges run by our friends at Catfarm Education. We have now set our sights on building the Hackersfarm, a series of geodesic domes where we will delve further in to permaculture and create spaces for art and upcycling protected from the weather. Or at least, that’s the plan at the moment, although like all our plans it may adapt and change as new travellers with their many skills and ideas make their contributions.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 3
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
If you would like to join us please hop over to our website at www.catfarm.net, have a good look around, read more about us, and if you still want to join us then fill in the application form at http://catfarm.net/volunteers/! We look forward to seeing you.