Monday, March 13, 2006

WWOOF Around the World

Do you know what WWOOF is? No, it isn't a dog with a stutter, it stands for "Willing Workers On Organic Farms". There are WWOOF organisations around the globe that keep lists of organic farms that welcome volunteer help.

In return for volunteering, you usually receive food & accomodation. You also receive an abundance of farming & gardening knowledge, straight from the horses mouth (pardon the pun).

WWOOF organisations are a wonderful opportunity for anyone planning a travelling holiday, not only does it save you money, it gives you the chance to meet likeminded people, offsets the environmental damage caused by travelling and supports farmers dedicated to using sustainable agricultural practices.

WWOOF came into being in the early seventies in England (at the time it stood for Working Weekends on Organic Farms). It was the brainchild of city worker, Sue Coppard, who saw the need for people such as herself to "replant themselves back into the soil". Now, there are over 40 countries involved worldwide, and WWOOFing is growing from strength to strength.

Have you had any experience with WWOOF? Feel free to leave a comment, we'd love to hear your stories...

Related Links...

  • WWOOF Homepage

  • WWOOF National Organisations

  • News Article: Sue Coppard, Founder of WWOOF

  • News Article: Growth Experience

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