Discover the skills and traditions of the Grands Causses highlands
Since the dawn of time, men have practiced agro-pastoralism here, and it is around sheep farming that the Caussenard architecture, so typical and endearing, has developed. On the way you can admire the splendid farms topped with slate; these are witnesses, sometimes several hundred years old, of the adaptation of men to this hostile land. This particular way of life is told to us at the Ferme Caussenarde d'Autrefois, ecomuseum located on the Causse Méjean plateau, which puts into perspective yesterday’s and today’s agro-pastoralism.
Mills on the Grands Causses highlands
Can you imagine that despite the harsh living conditions on the Grands Causses highlands, the population will increase until the 19th century?! Men used ingenuity to provide for their needs: as such, many windmills will be built in the XVIIth and XVIIIth century on the Causse Méjean plateau, including the famous Moulin de la Borie, today completely restored, rehabilitated for operation and visitable.
MOULIN À VENT DE LA BORIE
This 18th century windmill, restored in 2017, produces Flours of Méjean, in cooperation with farmers and bakers members of the association "Farine Méjean", engaged in the project of micro-sector of local cereals. The visits reveal the mechanism of the mill and the know-how of the miller. They discuss the Méjean causse and agro-pastoralism, the mechanism and operation of the mill as well as the know-how of the miller and his role in the cereals sector.
FERME CAUSSENARDE D'AUTREFOIS
Travel back in time in this century-old farmhouse with his limestone flagstone vaults and roof. Visit the stable, sheepfold, kitchen, larder, bedrooms, attic, barn and bread oven and learn about life on the Causse Méjean up to the 1950s. The antique furniture, linen, crockery, farm tools, machinery, old photos, the movie ""Lou Mèjio"", miniature village and farm animals are living proof of how similar yet different life now is.