Jan282013
Students WWOOF across the world

Students WWOOF across the world

On left, Junior Allison Currier poses with a group of volunteers from her WWOOFing trip at Spring Creek Farm in Elk Valley, Tenn. WWOOFing is an international organization that connects volunteer farmers with agricultural work.
On left, Junior Allison Currier poses with a group of volunteers from her WWOOFing trip at Spring Creek Farm in Elk Valley, Tenn. WWOOFing is an international organization that connects volunteer farmers with agricultural work.
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Junior Allison Currier woke up to the low crowing of roosters as she rose each morning at Spring Creek Farm in Elk Valley, Tenn. She would get out of bed and join a group of volunteers for a hearty breakfast of fresh farm eggs, toast and bacon. After the meal, she began to work on the soil, weeds and water and felt the earth under her fingernails. Here, Currier was contributing her services to WWOOFing farmers under a hot June sun.

WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, is a global network of organizations that links volunteers with organic farmers. The farmers provide food, accommodations and instructions on how to engage in organic lifestyles and work on organic farms. More than 50 countries participate, including all regions of the U.S.

Programs like WWOOF give participants the opportunity to learn about and practice organic farming. A minimal program fee — varying from country to country but usually under $50 — allows WWOOFers access to an online network of available farmers. WWOOFers can participate for as long as they want, usually with a minimum of two weeks on a farm.

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