What the heck is WWOOFing, you may ask. It is an acronym that stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. You pay a yearly membership for each country that you plan to WWOOF in and in return you get access to a directory of hundreds of volunteer opportunities on organic farms all throughout that country. We are members of WWOOF USA. The program is designed for people to travel to different areas of the country (or world), stay at a farm for a certain length of time (from a week up to an entire season), volunteer a certain number of hours each week (usually 20-35 hours) in exchange for room and board. Each farm experience is different, therefore you find a farm that is a good fit for you in hopes of learning something new, meeting new people, and exploring a new area. There are many different types of farms to visit including vegetable, animal, prairie, biodynamic, homestead, small-scale/large-scale, orchards, etc.
It provides an affordable way to travel, but you still must be aware that you will be working in order to earn your stay. Like a part-time job/vacation/adventure. I have WWOOFed at a bee farm in Florida as well as one that had an avocado orchard and grew micro greens and edible flowers for high-end restaurants in Miami. I have worked in Ohio where we spent a week helping them milk goats and can vegetables for the winter. And we are currently back at The Prairie Flower farm in Spencer, Iowa where we WWOOFed back in 2009. It's so beautiful here that we wanted to come back and stay for the whole month of July. We help harvest grasses, flowers, sedges, and rushes out in the prairie while still having plenty of free time to kayak in The Little Sioux River, practice yoga, go for walks, and explore nearby towns.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to travel and don't mind working outdoors and getting your hands dirty, then maybe WWOOFing is for you! www.wwoofusa.org