www.wwoof.orgWorld Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms

Are you a WWOOFer?

Starting out in England in 1971, Willing Workers on Organic Farms aka Working Weekends on Organic Farms or WWOOF is the brainchild of Sue Coppard who wanted to support the organic movement but didn’t have the means or opportunity of access to these farms. She arranged a trial working weekend at the bio-dynamic farm at Emerson College in Sussex which proved highly successful. Momentum gathered quickly with more organic farmers willing to take on volunteers (WWOOFers). The name was changed in 2000 to World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms because of high demand for longer periods of time spent on farms. WWOOF promotes educational exchange while building a global community of ecologically conscious farming practices which strengthen sustainable agriculture worldwide. Today WWOOF encompasses a network of 45 different organizations spanning nearly 100 countries.

Baby boomers will love the fact that this international membership movement helps people share sustainable ways of living and links volunteers to organic farms, smallholdings, and gardeners looking for volunteer help. In return, WWOOF hosts provide accommodations, food, and the opportunity to learn about organic lifestyles, thus opening the door to change people’s lives.

How does it work? The WWOOF Organizations publish lists of organic farms, smallholdings, and gardeners that welcome volunteers. Boomer WWOOFer wannabees select a region where they would like to volunteer  – Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe/Middle East, North /Central America, and South America. In the U.S., choose your preferred host in a participating region and help out at any of the 1,000 farms in all 50 states. Build straw bale houses, tend to bees, grow vegetables, work with animals, or help make wine. Work on the Crane Dance Ranch in Red lodge, MT, or help plant, weed, and harvest vegetables in Divide, MT. Head over to Calhoun, GA and a 40-acre organic farm. Be a beekeeper pulling honey and requeening hives in Port Hueneme, CA. Help care for an orchard and make wine in Franklin, ME. Another great way to help is to become a Farm Host. If you have a farm or garden and would welcome WWOOFers, than hop on board and join in on the fun.

We highly recommend everyone take the time to browse this great website that gives us yet another great way to get involved! Live, learn, and share organic lifestyles. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go WWOOFing!

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