Apr272012
WWOOF Featured in The Australian

Getting down and dirty

WWOOF hosts

Michael and Mari Egan take in guests on working holidays at their farm on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Picture: Carole LanderSource: The Australian

LIKE many of my fellow baby boomers, I want to keep travelling but worry about the cost. One way to get around the world and meet interesting people is to go on a working holiday.

Fruit picking may be something we did as students, but after talking to Kathy Ward I might just try it again.

Ward is in her early 50s, lives and works in Melbourne and is a francophile who decided to visit France in 2009. She joined Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF), an international organisation providing opportunities for people of all ages to work for four to six hours a day on a farm in exchange for meals and accommodation.

For anyone interested in learning about organic farming, bio-dynamics and permaculture, this is a dream-come-true style of holiday. Ward was also interested in practising her French and soaking up the culture. She and her teenage daughter stayed on two organic farms, in Normandy and in the Dordogne.

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