FARM STAYS (Got a Little Country in You or Wanna See How the Backbone of a Country was Built)
Farm Stays allows you to stay on a working farm, learn how a farm operates and depending on the situation do some hands on work. Farm Stays can vary: some are hands-on with chores; others demonstrate. Some are for families; others are adult oriented. It depends on what we do well and what we think our guests will find interesting, but usually, it is about the culture of growing food that sustains us.
Regarding lodging, some farm stays offer rooms right in the farm house. Others have converted old farm buildings, like silos and chicken houses, into wonderfully eclectic rooms. You might find yourself camping in a tent in the trees or at a campsite you choose for yourself down by the creek. Rustic with composting toilets or hotel-quality with jacuzzi baths, farm stays come in many shapes and sizes. Most of us offer breakfast on the farm. Other meals depend on how the farm is operated.
Participation in chores is rarely required, however an extra hand is always welcome. Some farms offer classes in cheese making, spinning, gardening, cooking, even animal photography! Many are unstructured and expect you will feel the rhythm of the farm best if you watch and listen. Facilities can range from luxury rooms to camping under the stars depending on the farm and the experience you are looking for. Consider it like staying in a Bed and Breakfast, prices may vary depending on where you are in the world, but expect to pay the price of a budget hotel, so at least $40 per night.
WWOOFing: (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms: Linking Volunteers with Organic Farms and Growers)
WWOOF is an exchange – In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. WWOOF organizations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. Many countries have national WWOOF groups. WWOOF lets you stay on a farm and trade your labor for free accommodations while learning about organic and sustainable farming. It lets you work while you are traveling, and you help by giving back to a community. Typically no pay other than room and board, but it allows you to save money on room and board. You don’t need any farm experience as they will typically train you or there are other cleaning details and things that need to be performed as well.