La Ferme de La Bourgade
Have you ever thought of organising your family day or team building at a farm?
Learn more about the concept in this interview with Mrs Suzanne Leboutte, farmer and event organiser.
Suzanne, tell us about your farm. What products do you sell?
In our farm, La Ferme de la Bourgade, we breed dual-purpose Belgian Blue cows . For several generations we have been transforming our milk into cream, butter, cottage cheese as well as a new cheese, Le Pavé Bleu. In addition to our products we have a restaurant at the farm where I serve dishes made with local produce, farm golf in our meadows and two gîtes for 19 and 21 people.
How did you get the idea of organising corporate activities?
Twenty-three years ago I came from the Netherlands to the Ardennes as an au pair girl and I fell in love with a farmer, a bit like in Farmer Wants a Wife. So we have created a job that fits me. We have looked for original activities in connection with our profession, such as farm golf and the agri-games. Farm golf is a playful course in the surrounding meadows, a sort of a combination of golf and croquet. The agri-games are small challenges as a team, such as a barrow race, a race wearing skis, the flying carpet, a sack race, etc.
What do your various programmes consist of?
We are attentive to the needs of the companies and propose an adapted, à la carte programme. A meeting followed by a meal or a team building activity, a family day with a Bruegelian meal, according to the wishes of the client.
Our activities are simple. That's what makes the charm of farm golf or the agri-games. It's guaranteed fun! Conviviality is very present, particularly when playing farm golf, which combines pleasure, walking, sport, nature, dexterity and a good laugh.
With regard to catering, what do you propose?
At the Ferme de la Bourgade local dishes made with local produce have the place of honour, of course. We propose a country buffet, pork roasted on a spit, barbecue or a five-course meal. We propose various possibilities according to our clients and their budget.
Do you have meeting facilities and lodgings for residential seminars?
Yes, we have a small meeting room for about 20 people. The restaurant can host up to 70 seats. Our modern and comfortable lodgings offer all the possibilities with 14 bedrooms provided with private bathrooms and a total of 40 beds.