For once, WWOOF is not just for dogs...I am talking about Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Roll up your sleeves, get a little dirty, have some fun and learn about sustainable living! What could be better than that? Perhaps the fact that it is a free program and you get free room and board at the farm? You can “wwoof” for one week or for one year depending on what you and your host farm decide.

The WWOOF-USA Host Farm Directory lists more than 1600 organic farms across the country. Any farm, community or garden project using organic methods that would like to participate in a cultural and educational exchange may join the program. The program is open to anyone 18 years of age or older, regardless of experience. In order to become a member you must purchase an annual membership of only $30 which is valid for one year from the day it is purchased. If you have an organic farm you can become a host and host wwoofers on your farm!

WWOOF farms offer a variety of educational opportunities, including growing vegetables, keeping bees, building straw bale houses, working with animals, making wine, and much more. With farms in all 50 states, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, there is something for everyone.

So pick up your spade and embrace the dirt. Grow and feast on food you helped grow organically and be proud to call yourself a wwoofer.

View the WWOOF-USA website for more info.