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WWOOF World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

WWOOF World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – One way in which you can be a responsible traveler is volunteering on organic farms through WWOOF. You can call it wwoofing and you are a wwoofer! WWOOF is an organisation which connects people like you who wants to volunteer and learn something on the way with people on organic farms who are looking for help from volunteers, in exchange for food and accommodation.

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 WWOOF World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

Originally called “Working Weekends on Organic Farms”, WWOOF came into being in England, in Autumn 1971, when Sue Coppard, a secretary living and working in London recognised the need for people like herself – who did not have the means or the opportunity – to access the countryside and support the organic movement.

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Her idea started with a trial working weekend for four people at a bio dynamic farm at Emerson College in Sussex, arranged through a contact in the Soil Association. The weekend was a great success and things gathered momentum very quickly. Soon many more organic farmers and smallholders were willing to host people keen to work on their farms in return for food and accommodation (WWOOFers). Hosts and wwoofers made new friends and enjoyed the experience of exchanging assistance and knowledge.

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WWOOF World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

Usually you live with your hosts or they provide accommodation somewhere else and you are expected to help with the dya to day activities.  In most countries the exchange is based on 4-6 hours help-fair exchange for a full day’s food and accommodation.

You may be asked to help with a variety of tasks like sowing seed, making compost, gardening, planting, cutting wood, weeding, harvesting, packing, milking, feeding, fencing, making mud-bricks, wine making, cheese making and bread making.

The length of your stay at the farm is negotiated directly between you and your host. Most WWOOF visits are between one and two weeks, though some may be as short as two or three days or as long as six months.

2 thoughts on “WWOOF World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”

  1. We considered using WWOOFing as well but as we did not want to spend too long in each place we decided not to. I would still like to WWOOF one day just to see about local life and learn more about growing and managing organic produce. I’m sure it will be a very interesting experience. The educational and social aspects of WWOOFing are just fantastic! Have you already given it a try?

    1. Not yet, although I’m familiar with some apescts of it, but it would be great to try it and I’m especially interested in reasons why people go from totally different part of the world to another part to work on a farm! :)

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