Françoise is a nurse. Her project was to live in the countryside, keep horses and have a guesthouse to offer accommodation for visitors to her region. She lives in Cher.
”I was looking for a smallholding. After three years, nothing was happening. We got in touch with the Safer. I met the owner of a farm the SAFER bought some years ago, where there was a half-tumbled down farm and a 3-hectare meadow.. He agreed to sell. But I found it a bit overpriced because of the not very good soil quality. I called the Safer. The Safer looked after the amicable negotiations with the owner to set a fairer price more suited to the market. The Safer has also looked after all the papers required for the sale.
”Today, I have four horses and my spouse, who is jeweller, has set up a workshop in the barn and the work has begun on the guesthouse. In 2 years, visitors on the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage (at the end of my meadow)will be able to enjoy the guesthouse accommodation.
“In a former life, I was a Parisian accountant…! My native region is Creuse and I was dreaming of returning home… It has taken tenacity and almost anger for me to see my project come to fruition.“
Today, Alain owns a fifteen hectare plot of land in Creuse and breeds snails. “I got in touch with the SAFER because I wanted to pursue a farming activity. For me, the Safer helps farmers, first and foremost. I had applied for the purchase of land at least ten times, without success. And then one day I wrote to the Safer again to apply for a land purchase permit, one which was well suited to my project.
”The project was very well designed. I knew where I was going and I got what I wanted. I liked the fact that the Safer shows openness and helps young people, not just farmers, with innovative projects, to set up farms.”
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