” I discovered a lot, I had my little idea in mind but I knew it was a job where every day would not be the same. For me the profession of a peasant is the donkey in the tractor and what I do my job. But no, it’s hard like a job » : this is the feeling of Ilyes a year after his immersion in the agricultural world.
The 16-year-old has just completed his first year of BPA at the CFA in Mirecourt (Vosges). He is on an apprenticeship contract with Juan’s Gaec in Moncel-sur-Vair (Vosges), which raises 60 dairy cows on a 240 ha SAU.
“We were lucky that our parents were there. And so I didn’t want him to go to a big store where he would have worked without understanding why.”
Between a disabled mother and an absent father, Ilyes had a difficult childhood in Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), where he was born. Tossed from host family to relay family since he was 8 years old, chance placed him, in every sense of the word, in this dairy Gaec on the Vosges plain. ” The paradox is that we are not very internssays Florent Claudon, one of three partners at Gaec. But we were lucky that our parents were there, which is not the case with Ilyes. And so I didn’t want him to go to a big store where he would have worked without understanding why. “.
“I love petting the cows, but there are a lot of working animals. If I don’t have a choice, I can stay for a while, but I’ll do the work anyway”
Ilyes’ sassy, cheeky cheeks and dazzling smile did the rest. However, the apprentice does not get lost in the ” the farm “. You have to hear him say the farm “, with an ecstatic phrasing.
Initially, he thought he was attracted to animals. ” I love petting cows, but it’s a lot of work animals. If I don’t have a choice, I might spoil it a little, but I’ll do the job anyway. “.” Sometimes he prefers to look at the shovel and the broom “, says the creator. Illyes nods. ” But it’s also not two hours apart every ten minutes. “, he corrects.
The candor of the two parties says a lot about the complicity that developed. A farmer’s grandson, Florent Claudon knows he grew up in a world where he was ” work work “. A slight doubt settles in him at the mention of his own children, under the age of ten, that the generational effect, and not just the social one, is perhaps also at work in relation to work.
“I get sifted from time to time by my friends, but I would like to see them in the peasant profession, they would quickly change their mind”
In his defense, Ilyes is also asked by his friends who are enjoying their vacation in mid-August. What do they think of his guidance? ” The friends ? They see you as the boy who is only 16 years old, who drives tractors and is not afraid of the big, heavy beasts. I freak out a little. It’s very elegant, agriculture “, brags the young man. Of course, I also sift from time to time, but I would like to see them in the peasant profession, they would quickly change their minds “. A tour that again contrasts with the experience of Guillaume, one of the three partners of Gaec.” When asked what our parents did, it was hard to say they were peasants. we said it softly “.
“For girls, farming helps me a lot, when I show you what I do, I see stars in your eyes”
More than the animals, the tractor has much more in Ilyes’ favor. And more precisely the green one with the hopping deer instead of the roaring cougar. Yes, but now, to incorporate the manure into the disc harrow, Case IH will do the work. After a few round trips, Florent Claudon releases his apprentice. The GPS will do the rest. As a precaution, the smartphone will still be confiscated while working. Both for the selfies and the “ fart on social media and with girls. At this point : ” For girls farming helps me a lot, when I show you what I do I see stars in your eyes “, says the young man.
At the age of 16 and given his career, Ilyes will still need GPS and other compasses for a few years to come, embodied by his educators, his host family and his masters of learning such as Florent and his associates Guillaume and Christina. ” When I’m sailing it doesn’t always end well “, admits the young teenager, all with lucidity.
Ilyes is considering a professional bachelor’s degree following his BPA and envisions himself as a machinist for years to come, in agriculture if not construction as ” all that is great is class “.