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Learn About Organic Farming While Traveling: WWOOF!

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The acronym WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It’s an organization that helps connect travelers who want to learn about organic growing and sustainability with farms who can provide hands on learning experiences in these areas. Travelers can contact farms listed by WWOOF in the country they wish to travel to find an available volunteer position on an organic farm. In exchange for their volunteer hours, travelers receive living accommodations and meals free of charge for the duration of their stay at the farm.

The WWOOF model is a win-win: travelers deepen their knowledge of organic farming (and have a place to stay!) and farmers receive much needed help on farm projects. Sound good? Visit their website (linked above) to learn more and find out if WWOOF is a good match for you and your traveling plans.

Know anyone who’s done it? I do! Well, actually, it’s me! Hi there. I’m not sure we’ve officially met…My name is Jessica and I’m part of the awesome team of people working to help in.gredients come to life. Here’s a snip-it of my experience I want to share with you:

My WWOOFing adventure took place in 2009 in Ireland and Scotland. Over the course of 4 months, I volunteered on 3 different farms where I learned tons about organic growing methods and composting, and had the time of my life! It was a beautiful way to get to know Ireland and Scotland, too. I got to learn what life is like day-in and day-out for farmers in these countries – something I would never have learned as an ordinary tourist. Given the chance, I would definitely WWOOF again!

Now, if this has inspired you (hope it has!) and you want to give it a go, the first step is to choose a country and join that country’s chapter of WWOOF. There is a small fee for this step that varies depending on the country, but this is the only fee the organization charges, ever. Good luck, and happy travels to all!

(image: Heron Productions)

Written by jmalsky

January 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

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  1. Awesome. I’ve been wanting to wwoof for a while now. Glad you had such a great experience and are spreading the word through in.gredients!

    Ben LeVine

    January 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  2. The recent complete cave-in on the issue of GMO Alfalfa regulation – basically giving Monsanto and Forge complete freedom in the marketplace, is a serious blow to natural foods and American freedom to choose organic foods over so-called “frankenfoods.” Vilsack’s previous close ties to Monsanto may well be the reason of this regrettable decision to release GMO Alfalfa without regulation anywhere inside the USA.

    James T. Fisher

    January 12, 2012 at 5:03 am

  3. My husband and I spent a year working with WWOOF in New Zealand and in Spain. It was beyond eye opening and I highly recommend it as well.

    Kassena

    January 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm


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