W-W-O-O-F spells WWOOF and it stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A person in the program is a WWOOFER. The gerund, WWOOFING, is a way of life at Kingbird Farms co-owned by Charity Kenyon
"There are a lot of people just graduated from college, and they're trying to figure out for a summer or for a year what they want to do with their lives." Kenyon says. "And there's other people that are just woofing around the world."
No sooner does one herd of WWOOFERS leave this isolated farm between Hwy. 99 and Interstate 5, Kenyon and her husband, Mike Eaton, take in the next. Today's autumn chore is firewood. Eaton directs the current WWOOFER pack in log splitting with a power splitter.
"So we're not all touchy-feely, human-powered here," says Eaton. "Sometimes we use shortcuts."
His WWOOFERS on this day are Adele Renard from western France, 21 and Anouck Gilis from Brussels, 18. They're still terrified at commandeering Eaton's tractor. The fumble and giggle as they find the right knobs and gears as they take off down the deserted road.
Kingbird Farms' five organic acres gets good reviews on the WWOOFER website where growers seek WWOOFERS and WWOOFERS seek placement. Kenyon and Eaton provide beautiful accommodations in a home they built in the Cosumnes River Preserve amidst sandhill cranes. Eaton's role the past three years, besides WWOOFER host, is teacher.
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