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stays on organic gardens & farms
The variety is endless: from prairies, to mountains, to the ocean shore ...from hobby gardens to full-time farms ...from solar-powered homes to ecovillages ...from herbs, to orchards, to livestock ...from swimming holes to gourmet, natural foods cooking.
WWOOF is an international network of organic farms, gardens and businesses where you can visit and receive food, accommodation and training in return for your help and participation. No experience is required, although any skills you have can be put to good use. There are over 600 locations in Canada alone, plus hundreds more in 70 countries around the world.
Wwoofing is not only for people who want to garden or farm. There are also opportunities for handy persons, cooks, teachers, green builders, child carers and just about anyone else.
Wwoofing is what you make it. For some people, it's a way to learn about organic gardening, perhaps to start a garden, a farm or business of their own. For others, it's a way to live healthily and sustainably for a few days, weeks or a season eating well, breathing fresh air, and enjoying good company. For yet others, it's an experiment with non-urban living, a foray into a new lifestyle. And, for those bitten by the travel bug, it's a unique way to travel the world and experience other cultures.
How does it work? When you join Wwoof Canada, for example, you pay a membership fee ($40) and receive your membership number, plus a booklet containing descriptions of all the hosts in Canada. You agree not to share the Wwoof book with non-members it's only through memberships that the Wwoof networks are able to exist.
After that, there's no middle man: you read the book, select one or more hosts that interest you, and contact them directly. It's up to you to communicate with the host to give them a good idea of your interests, limitations, time-frame, etc. Every host is different it's important to ask questions about what kind of work is involved, accommodations, meals, preferred length of visit, and anything else that's on your mind.
"WWOOF" originally stood for Working Weekends On Organic Farms. These days some call it Willing Workers On Organic Farms or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Myself, I discovered Wwoofing several years ago I spent my vacation with three different hosts, one week at each. I decided to stay in my own province there was as much variety as going to another country. The following year, I returned to one of the hosts for the entire summer. It was a solar-powered home and CSA gardens... an unbelievably beautiful place, with great people who were both living the good life and reaching out to community and the world. This experience helped me get out of a rut and start a whole new life path. I've also wwoofed in several other provinces, but not yet internationally. All my experiences have been good thanks to, I believe, honest and clear communications with my hosts.
If you love this planet and have a positive, can-do spirit, wwoofing is for you. It can be a magical, inspiring way to connect to our planet in the most fundamental way by living off the land and helping grow the food we eat every day. It's a great way to learn, work, build community, and grow.
|(2) WWOOF Links
For more information, to view the listings, or to join...
Wwoofing in Canada
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|(3) Wwoof Stories
a selection of stories by Wwoofers or about Wwoofing
Come Wwoof With Me, by Jeff Johnson
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stories focus on the travel aspects of Wwoofing. But
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Organic Gardening & Farming
Internships & Jobs
...want to start your own organic garden, farm or organic food business?
While Wwoofing is often fairly short term a few days to a few weeks an internship tends to be longer, anywhere from a month to a year or more. In addition to room and board, an internship can offer in-depth instruction and the experience of an entire growing season. Some internships also offer a small stipend; very few offer a full salary. Also called apprenticeship, it amounts to the same thing hands-on learning, experience and mentorship in return for your energy and enthusiasm. There are several websites that list organic internships in Canada:
· GoodWork Canada GoodWorkCanada.ca jobs and internships. Search the
listings for food, organic, community supported agriculture, etc.
· WWOOF (Worldwide) Wwoof Canada has the largest listings of organic hosts across Canada. Many of them may be open to longer term stays or internships. Browse the listings and call up hosts that interest you ask them whether they offer internships, now and in the past. See Wwoof Canada and Wwoof International and the other Wwoof links and organizations listed above.
· Eco-Centres & Places across North America www.planetfriendly.net/learn.html (many offer courses, workshops, internships, apprenticeships, wwoofing, workbees, volunteering, activities, etc., related to organics as well as other ecological or sustainable living topics)
· Internship & Wwoofing
Tips find a host, mentor, internship or
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Sustainable Living Links (urban or rural)
Wikipedia | People & Planet | Google Directory
"Conventional farming produces high yields, but there are also enormous costs pollution of groundwater, rivers, lakes and coastal areas, and reduced soil productivity through nutrient leaching. The use of pesticides and herbicides also kills beneficial non-target species and poses a health risk to farm workers and potentially to consumers. None of these 'external' costs are factored in to the price of conventionally grown crops." David Suzuki
"The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes 'sight seeing'." Daniel J. Boorstin
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