Our First WWOOFing Experience

So we just finished our first WWOOFing experience. WWOOFing, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, is where you go to a farm to work with the owner to learn about organic agriculture in return for food and a place to sleep. We had a mixed experience. The people were very friendly and they had two young boys who were very fun. The accommodation was comfortable, and we stayed in a little cabin on their pond. The one thing that bothered me a bit was that nothing we did was considered farming. We weeded the whole of their property, cleaned the windows, prepared a Christmas ham, and planted 50 trees just so they didn’t have to look at the shed that their neighbor was building. The other thing was that we weren’t working with them. It was more like we were working for them. They didn’t really participate much in the outdoors work. Also, they didn’t have sweets. This is an actual thing I heard the dad tell his 5-year-old son: “Sam, if you finish your dinner you can have a bit of cucumber salad.” What kind of world is that where a 5-year-old is looking forward to cucumbers? Liza almost died without her constant sugar in take. All in all, though, we had fun. They were, as I said, very nice, and they took us to a Christmas parade and to the beach. We’re at our second farm now and it seems great so far. I’m sure I’ll find something here to complain about, too, and when I do I’ll keep you updated.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nancy Rions on December 15, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Hi Thomas,

    Glad to see you made it to New Zealand safely. What kind of farm was this first one? At least you got to dig in the dirt to plant trees. Did Liza ever get her sugar fix?

    Luv Ya, Nana


    • It wasn’t really a farm that was my major complaint. They just had a garden that we didn’t do much work in. The people we’re with now are really nice so Liza made a ton of cookie bars and everybody has gotten their sugar fix and then some!


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