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Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®)

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Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.

WWOOF is a global cultural and educational program. Travelers, or ‘WWOOFers,’ spend about half of each day helping out on a host farm, learn about the organic farming and sustainability, and receive free room and board during their visit – with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers.

WWOOFing is an immersive way to travel the world on a budget (the program is in 130+ countries!), learn practical farming skills, be part of the organic agriculture movement, and experience the heart of its culture.

WWOOF host farms, ranches and homesteads offer a variety of educational opportunities, including growing fruits and vegetables, animal husbandry, beekeeping, renewable energy and construction projects, making value-added products like wool, fiber arts, wine, jam and jelly, and much more. There is something for everyone!

How has your company responded to COVID-19?

Farms are essential businesses and farmers are essential workers.

WWOOF-USA recognizes that host farmers are actively welcoming WWOOFers. If that's the case, we are asking hosts to allow those WWOOFers to shelter in place once they arrive, practice physical distancing and self-quarantine as necessary.

Each farm is unique and hosts and WWOOFers should assess the best way to stay safe given those particular circumstances. Here are some examples of the health and safety precautions hosts have shared with us that they have put in place to host WWOOFers at this time:

- Asking visitors to practice physical distancing for two weeks prior to their departure for the farm.
- Not traveling if they are symptomatic or feel ill.
- Upon arrival at the farm, WWOOFers stay in separate accommodations and make their own meals for two weeks.
- Only engaging with WWOOFers outdoors on the farm while practicing physical distancing for the first two weeks of their stay.
- Require that WWOOFers not leave the farm once they are there, unless it is agreed upon with the host.
- Require long term stays to limit WWOOFer turnover.

Many people are seeking ways to participate in a meaningful way on organic farms, learn to grow their own food, and live more sustainable lives, now more than ever.

If you are looking for WWOOFing opportunities currently, or want to learn more about farm availability, please visit the online directory at wwoofusa.org or become a member and join our online forums for openings and frequent updates from host farmers. Please discuss any concerns you have with hosts or WWOOFers before arrival.

With travel restrictions changing frequently, we encourage you to visit the CDC's website for the most recent information and recommendations and ask that you stay in compliance with your local, state and federal orders.

We thank you for all you are doing to help support farmers safely, build strong community and help grow a more sustainable future.

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San FranciscoUnited States

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