WWOOFing: The Latest Way to Have Fun and Dig in the Dirt

Are you a lover of getting your hands dirty and spending time outdoors? Then WWOOFing – and no, we’re not talking about a dog barking – is perfect for you. This weird word is actually a growing trend around the world and is all about encouraging nature lovers to pitch in on organic farms and gardens.

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and it can take you anywhere from Arkansas to Argentina. Every WWOOF experience is a little different, but you typically work for four to six hours a day on a farm in exchange for food and board. And you will do real work: You are given farm duties such as helping garden, compost, plant and feed farm animals.

Interested in giving it a try around Michigan? WWOOF opportunities are available in cities across the state, including Detroit, Hamtramck, Oxford, Saugatuck, Empire and cities across the Upper Peninsula.

Here’s a few quick steps to get started on a WWOOFing adventure in Michigan or around the world:

  • Pick your place. Since WWOOFing is available across the globe, it can be a great way to explore a country you’ve always wanted to visit. WWOOF participants need to be over 18 and have a passport.
  • What are your strengths? Do you have a background in farming or working with animals? You don’t need a specific skill or experience, but it’s helpful to let your host know what you can do.
  • Stock up! Once you’ve contacted your host and set up your trip, go out and treat yourself to some new gear. Necessities for WWOOFing include bug spray, headlamps, sunscreen and quick-drying clothes.

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