The history of Wwoofing begins in London with Sue Coppard. In order to escape the capital during weekend, the Londoner contacts farms to offer her services. After posting an add in a newspaper to find companions interested in this experience, she soon realizes that many people dream like her to spend time in the countryside. The first test takes place in a biodynamic farm in 1971 and it’s a success: Wwoofing was born!
Wwoofing is based on exchange. The hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn in exchange for assistance in gardening or other agricultural work. Wwoofing excludes any monetary exchange. This instructs the ‘’wwoofer’’ to invest in local community and allows the host to share his expertise. It is open to everyone, regardless of age or nationality.
The key: to want to learn and be sensitive to the protection of the environment as you will share the daily life of organic farmers or people who have a special relationship with nature.
More generally, the ambition of wwoofing is that through this sharing of knowledge and to this chain of meetings, it permits the awareness of the protection of nature and environment.
The hosts want to show you their way of life, their expertise and their area. For farmers who live in remote areas and do not often have the opportunity to travel, the wwoofing is an opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
Guests share their daily lives with wwoofers and integrate them into their lifestyle, which can be very far from yours. It is therefore essential to respect them, to adapt and to want to discover alternative lifestyles.
Behind the acronym Wwoof: "World Wide Opportunities on Organic farms".
Gradually, the movement has spread around the world. Over one hundred countries are now part of the network on all continents but Antarctica, with approximately 12.000 hosts and 80.000 WWOOFers.
Author: Carpe Diem