Farm volunteering is a very cheap holiday. You will gain new skills and knowledge whilst helping organic farmers.
Why go farm volunteering?
Farm volunteering on organic farms is a great, green way to have a cheap holiday. More people are choosing it as a way of leaving their frantic urban lives behind for a short time.
Do be aware that it is often hard work. But it is also very rewarding to give your time to help an organic farmer.
You will often receive full board and lodging on your stay. This is why it can be a very cheap holiday. Depending on where your farm is located you will have time in the evenings to explore the area. See local towns, villages and cities.
A learning experience:
Farm volunteering can also be a learning experience for you. Have you ever wanted to know what organic farming is really about? You will learn how farming can be sustainable without the need of conventional farming methods.
You can use the skills and knowledge you learn on your stay back at home. Maybe use them to start a vegetable patch.
What is WWOOFing?
One way most people get into farm volunteering is by WWOOFing. WWOOF stands for ‘willing workers on organic farms’. The idea behind it is to link volunteers with organic farmers to help share sustainable ways of living.
How it works:
WWOOF has a list of organic farms, gardens and smallholdings. They all offer food and board in return for help.
To start farm volunteering with WWOOF you need to become a member. There is an annual fee of just £20. And that is it. You are now ready to contact host farms and begin.
Who is it for?
If you are over 18 and motivated to help out then you are the right person. A reasonable level of fitness will help, as you will probably be doing manual work. You can be expected to work about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.
You should bear in mind that farm volunteering means early starts and early finishes. It helps to be an early riser.
Tips on farm volunteering:
Here are a few tips to help you get into a volunteering position easily and make sure you get the most out of the experience.
Communicate with your host:
You should communicate with your host as much as possible. If for any reason you cannot make it to volunteer they can then find a replacement.
Research farm volunteering options:
You want to make sure you are getting what you want out of the experience. This way you and your host are in agreement.
Follow host’s rules:
You do not want to offend your host. Find out what is acceptable and what is not before you arrive.
You want to make sure what type accommodation you will be staying in. It will be basic no doubt, but some hosts can offer must luxurious lodging. On the other hand you may even have to take a tent.
Farm volunteering is a great way to help organic farmers and gain new skills. You will struggle to find a greener staycation. However, if farm volunteering is not for you then check out our other staycation ideas.
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