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World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

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Published January 24th 2011
If you'd like to experience life on an organic farm, just WWOOF.

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The organisation was founded in England in 1971 and today has chapters all over the world. The premise is a simple one volunteers are placed with organic farmers and work four to six hours a day in exchange for food, accommodation and the experience. It's similar to a farm stay arrangement, only you are working instead of paying.

All WWOOF Australia hosts are sustainable farmers and a large percentage is certified organic. The farms range from smaller properties to commercial farms; some are co-operatives or communal living facilities; and the range of products harvested is wide.

To organise a WWOOF stay, you will need to purchase the Australia WWOOF Book for $60.00. This contains the contact details of all the host farms and is also proof of your WWOOF membership. All the information you need to make a decision is in this book. Once you have chosen a farm, you can make a booking by calling or e-mailing the host. You will need to give them you WWOOF membership number, your passport or driver's license number and your contact details. You should also tell them about any skills or restrictions (such as allergies) you have that will affect your stay.

The minimum stay on a WWOOF farm is two nights; the maximum is entirely at the host's discretion. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
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Why? Trade your skills for a farm life experience
Where: Farms all over Australia
Cost: $60.00 for WWOOF Australia membership
Having been involved with this for around 12 years, we have always understood it to stand for Willing Workers on Organic Farms :-)
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Sunday, 26th of June @ 12:38 pm
I believe they had to change it to avoid labour laws in some countries (couldn't use the word 'worker'.)
By Carly Ogborne - senior reviewer
Monday, 27th of June @ 01:33 am
Isn't it fun, finding out where names and things come from originally.
As a writer I love words, sayings and the history behind things
Thanks for filling us in on the changes.
Personally I like the latter name a bit better anyway
Maybe we could be WWWN
Willing writers for weekend notes, nah, needs a vowel in there to make it work.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 6th of July @ 02:35 am
I recently wrote an article on wwoofing. I went and visited the Moora Moora Co-op and had lunch with them. Fascinating bunch.

I first found out about Wwoofing when I was backpacking around Europe. There is whispers throughout all the dorms on ways to prolong your holiday. I reckon it's a great idea.
By Kallen Johnstone - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 21st of September @ 11:16 am
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