|| Appellation Contrôlée
dates back to 1994 when it started out of what originally
was a hobby: working and travelling about through Europe.
It proved to be the best way to travel cheaply and to
get to places where not many do: at the tables in the
homes of employers, colleagues and many others.
From personal experience we know which are good places
to work: good conditions, pleasant atmosphere and much
contact with colleagues and other cultures and customs.
We personally looked for and selected the places of work
where we have booked job places for harvest work.
Appellation Contrôlée is an organisation
registered in the Netherlands and it meets all the legal
requirements necessary to organise and offer these programmes.
We started with a programme in France after many friends
and acquaintances had asked us to give them addresses
etc. We know from experience that you can get by from
work and what the land provides in any season. However,
we would like to caution you: after two weeks in a vineyard
or a southern orchard you’ll be dead tired, satisfied
and so restless that you probably don’t want to
go home any more; in love with somebody or the region;
you name it….
Have a taste of that freedom!
|| In this brochure we will give you a description
of programmes for which you can apply.
All our international programmes are based on personal
work experience. We visit all farmers personally, enter
into an agreement with them, examine the amenities and
the like and we figure out how you can get there, e.g.
by means of public transport.
On the application form you can indicate in wich program
you want to take part. You can also fill in the name(s)
of other (an) person (s)if you wish to work together on
the same farm. Send your form quickly, as there are only
a limited number of places available. After your payment
has been received the farmer is informed of your coming
and you will receive all necessary information.
For your payment you can use the pre-printed giro credit
slip which we will enclose when confirming receipt of
your application form. It’s also possible to deposit
the money into our bank account, or use a cheque or postal
order. After payment you’ll receive all information
about your place of work, working conditions, etc. as
soon as possible.
||Often you’ll be informed of the
final starting date of your harvest only at short notice
and at times that date is changed.
This is due to weather conditions: the farmers just can’t
give us the information at an earlier stage. Of course
we pass it on as quickly as possible, but we are dependent
on the farmers and the weather, too.
In case a programme is booked up or the harvest time doesn’t
correspond at all with the period you are available, your
application will be cancelled. It goes without saying
that any payment made will be refunded forthwith.
If you have any questions after having read our programme,
you can phone:
If you may find an answering machine at our end of the
line. You can also send us an email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation and some conditions:
In case of cancellation on your part one month or more
before the start of the harvest at your place of work,
we will refund 50% of your payment. Cancellations until
two weeks before the start: 25% refund; later cancellations:
The relationship between pickers and the farmer (employer)
is not our responsibility. An employer has the legal right
to send away a picker (employee) if he has a good reason
to do so. Appellation Contrôlée is not liable
for any possible damage or loss of income.