by Grower John
Do you find yourself unemployed? Are you unhappy with the paltry wage that you’re being paid? Do you want a change in your life? WWOOFing may be your answer!
The acronym WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF is a collection of organizations which work to connect individual farm volunteers with farms which need workers. Farm volunteers give their time to farms in exchange for food, housing and the opportunities to be trained in organic farming methods.
There are host farms in over 90 different countries around the world. Each farm is different in regards to what is required of the workers. Some require the workers to stay for 1 week while others may require 1 month. Some farms may pay a small cash stipend after working on the farm for a certain period of time, typically these are longer obligations beyond 6 months. A lot of the farms, especially in the U.S. require a set number of hours per week. For example a farm may specify for a worker to give 30 hours a week of their time to work on the farm, in exchange the worker would get all their food and housing taken care of by the farm.
Some host farms are actual farms while others may be permaculture sites, gardens, organic nurseries, wineries or other businesses which are associated with organic agriculture. Some of the potential benefits of WWOOFing are traveling, meeting new people, learning a new language, learning organic farming methods, great exercise, and it can be a great way to explore areas that you may be interested in moving to without incurring lodging expenses.
It’s important to be in relatively good physical shape if you do decide to go WWOOFing. If you feel that you’re not in good shape, then you should condition yourself before you decide to begin doing farming work. It is best to start out WWOOFing on a farm with a short obligation, perhaps volunteering at one for a day or two. After you do that a few times then you can work up to staying for longer periods. Farm work can be physical and at times it can be hard, but if you condition your body it can be easy and very rewarding.
For more information visit: http://www.wwoof.net/