The program, originally referred to as Working Weekends on Organic Farms, began in 1972 in England when the initial founders spent a weekend helping out on an organic farm in return for their stay. In 1982, the name was changed after people questioned why they should only pursue this awesome project on weekends.
the WWOOF program in Australia that began in 1981 and has grown quickly to now include more than 1,800 host farms. They even have a mobile app and a published Australian WWOOF book which provide contact information, property descriptions and pictures, details about work activities, accommodation and meal details and other information about participating host farms. The interested WWOOFer browses the listings, picks a suitable place and contacts the host to set up arrangements. Many different types of farms are represented, allowing WWOOFers to chose their hosts based on geography, philosophy (the types of practices that the farmer undertakes), culture or simply general interest in a particular area of the country.
- A greater understanding of different farming practices like organic farming or biodynamic farming
- An appreciation of sustainability
- An improved understanding of where their food comes from and how it was produced
- New skills
- An improved understanding of living lightly upon the land
- An insight into different cultures
- An affordable way to travel and learn
Host Farmers gain:
- Help with labor intensive parts of farming
- Help with projects that require more hands
- The opportunity to express their passion and values as well as to teach others
- New ideas and techniques from the WWOOFers
- Interactions with different cultures
- The opportunity to learn
This enriching and interesting experience can be mutually beneficial to each party and can lead to a more sustainable, harmonious and healthier world. To get involved as a WWOOFer or as a host farmer, visit the WWOOF site today, and contact WWOOF organization in the country you farm in, or are interested in WWOOFing to.