Down the Garden Path: 6 Best Tips for Choosing the Right WWOOF farm

Written by  Catherine Ellingson and Matthew Johnson March 12, 2012

WWOOF Farm Checklist

WWOOFing is a wonderful way to meet people and see the world, but asking the right questions is key to knowing which farm is right for you.

To ensure that your trip lives up to your expectations, we’ve compiled a checklist of questions to ask potential host farms:

1. What are the daily work hours? What time commitment is expected? Ask your potential hosts more about the type of work you may be engaging in, as well as the time generally spent on each task.

2. What skills will I learn? Be sure to communicate if there is anything specific that you would like to learn, and ask about how much time will be dedicated to training sessions. If cultural or language immersion is a high priority, determine whether you’ll be living with the family or other WWOOFers—this may affect your learning curve.

What will the living conditions be like? Don’t forget about the very basics. Be sure to ask where you’ll sleep and whether a bed is provided.

4. What will food be like? Will you be required to cook or are meals prepared? If meals are prepared, do they come at an additional cost? If meals are provided, indicate to hosts if you have any dietary restrictions and determine whether they’ll be able to accommodate these.

5. What is the size and location of the farm? Is it in a rural or urban area? Will there be access to transportation? Find out how close the farm is to other activities, in case you want to explore the rest of the region.

6. Do you have references for previous WWOOFers that you’ve hosted?

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