WWOOF

volunteer in a organic farm

WWOOF is an exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.

Model

Model title
volunteer in a organic farm
Location
all over the world
For whom is it?
people interested in permaculture or bio-dynamic growing methods
a/ initiator
WWOOF
b/ provider
each local farm
Start
1971
Type of duration
permanent

Characteristics

Critical
3
enabling people to learn about organic growing techniques
Social
3
volunteers can provide an extra pair of hands to help with various projects
Participatory
4
live and learn on organic farm
Responsible
3
Many people are so inspired by the experience that they end up changing their lifestyles and even setting up their own organic farms
Bottom up
3
started with a trial working weekend for four people at a bio dynamic farm
Inventive
3
link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help
Site-specific
4
farm, smallholding, garden, allotment, vineyard or woodland follower of organic principles
Educative
4
learning about organic growing techniques, premaculture, self-sufficiency
Local
4
supporting local

More about

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Live with your host and are expected to join in and cooperate with the day 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.

The first step of your WWOOFing experience is to choose your destination and join the relevant WWOOF organization. As a member you will be able to access a database of farms in your chosen country and start making plans.

If you are interested in alternativeways of living and want to meet interesting
people then WWOOFing is for you!

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