For six weeks this summer, I will be participating in World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). WWOOF gives volunteers (wwoofers) an opportunity to learn about the principles of organic farming through an exchange. I will be working on a small organic farm in the Kona district of the Big Island of Hawaii that produces oranges, pineapple, mangos, vegetables, and herbs. In exchange for about 25-30 hours a week of work, they provide me with room and board. It is a great way to see a cool place and to learn more about gardening and farming.
I settled on Hawaii fairly randomly. The WWOOF program is worldwide. There are farms that participate in all 50 states and dozens of countries so there were many interesting places to choose from. I knew someone who had a great experience WWOOFing in Hawaii so I started looking at farms there. My goals are to learn about organic farming and the day-to-day operations that make a small local farm a viable business and to explore the natural beauty of the island.