Is WWOOFing for us?

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  1. Tasman

    Tasman Junior Member

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    Hi All,

    Just a quick check before joining WWOOF Australia.

    After joining, can a middle aged couple with limited practical skills (unless you count city skills like computers etc) but plenty of enthusiasm easily get one week placements in a place where we'll learn info that will be useful for us when we select and move to a property some time next year. We'd like to get first hand exposure to a site that is using permaculture principles and walk away with an idea of their plan and how it ticks.

    We'd like to continue our travels and stop off for a week or two of WWOOFing every now and then. The idea is we'll learn, see what its like to live a permaculture life, see more on limited funds and have fun. Later we plan to do a PDC.

    I'd be happy to hear your experiences if you have been in a similar situation.

    cheers,
    Tasman
     
  2. cottager

    cottager Junior Member

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    Resounding YES!

    The best way to learn is by doing ... and there will be plenty of folk out there willing to take on your labour, in exchange for teaching you some stuff. Some places will take more of the labour and do less of the teaching, and some will be ... plain awesome!

    It's all about the journey ... definately well worth it.
     
  3. ecodharmamark

    ecodharmamark Junior Member

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    G'day T

    Welcome back to the PRI Forum.

    A one word answer to your question: Yes!

    For a slightly extended version: With over 2,300 WWOOF hosts operating throughout Australia, your are sure to find one compatible with your wants and needs, and their's yours.

    For a truly expanded version: Type 'wwoof' into the search facility (top, right-hand corner). There I'm sure you will find many an answer to your question.

    Cheerio, and happy WWOOFing, Markos.
     
  4. Tasman

    Tasman Junior Member

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    Thank you,

    We'll sign up and plan to spend some time WWOOFing in the next month.

    cheers,
    Tasman
     
  5. andrew curr

    andrew curr Moderator

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    we need woofers with computer skills
     
  6. Grahame

    Grahame Senior Member

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    What are you working on Andrew?
     
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    andrew curr Moderator

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    we breed award winning merinos
    grow fodder trees and stuff
    my fencing timber of choice is E melliodora and robinia pseudoacacia
    doing some real research on PC methods vs alternatives
     
  8. Tasman

    Tasman Junior Member

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    Andrew,
    Thank you for your post. Definitely interested. I'll contact you by PM.
    cheers,
    Tasman

     
  9. eco4560

    eco4560 New Member

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    I haven't been WWOOFing (yet...) but I've heard others here chat about their experiences both as WWOOFers and as WWOOFee's - and the message that I got out of it was that you need to do a bit of research. Give them a call first and ask about what they expect, what they have to offer, what your needs and skills are, whether there are any ethical or spiritual practices that you need to respect on the property (like no alcohol, or only vegan foods, or no working on Sundays) and so on. Then decide on how you each fit with the other. In a way it really is a job interview as you will be working for them even if it is cashless.
     
  10. Tasman

    Tasman Junior Member

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    You're all right. Its time well spent.

    We just spent a short time WWOOFing on Andrew's farm. We learn heaps and had a blast. Andrew and Mel made us very welcome. And they were enthusiastic to share their knowledge with us. The highlight was seeing their swayle and surveying for the upcoming one. Wish we were going to be there when it goes in.

    Our stay of a few days was much too short. We learned how to do lots of things but didn't spend enough time there to master them. And I would like to have spent more time doing and less time learning just to be fair to the host. Outside world commitments pulled us away. We'll do it again and do it longer next time.

    I'd recommend WWOOFing with Andrew and Mel to any people in the same boat as us.

    cheers,
    Tasman
     
  11. andrew curr

    andrew curr Moderator

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    thanks tasman

    Twas great having you guys
    the outside world is a continuing problem!



    Graham we have 800 m of new swales to plant out with cool temperate plants and the best collection of acorns in the southern hemisphere to put in
    i will also seed bomb with pioneering legume trees etc
    id love a woofer who could record it all8)
     
  12. andrew curr

    andrew curr Moderator

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    PS:
    mr and mrs tasman thought we would be hippies ,
    id like to be one when i grow up!
    Sheep farming pays the bills here but can gladly say permaculture is where the heart is
    Had a mate visit the other day (first time in 18 years) and his first comment was that our property looked much nicer than the surrounding district ,so must be going ok>
    .
     
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    I want to be a hippy one day too. Maybe there's a market for hippy retirement villages with permaculture gardens coming....
     
  14. Grahame

    Grahame Senior Member

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    Cool.

    P.S. A friend visited the other day and used the word hippy to describe me. It was more of an off-the-cuff remark relating to my degree of hippiness with the underlying assumption that I am!. Do you think that means I have made it to the fraternity of hippydom? I have to admit a certain feeling of internal satisfaction :)
     
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    andrew curr Moderator

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    hippy epiphiny

    hey eco if i were to bring a large amount of jerusulem artichokes to the sunny coast would i b able to exchange them for a bunch of tropical stuff
    im coming next month:grin:
     
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    andrew curr Moderator

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    :):bow:i agree plant a tree on me !
     
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    Sure Andrew. Do hippies have afternoon tea in the garden? We could do that!
     
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    andrew curr Moderator

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    are you near coolum?

    :hi:
     
  19. eco4560

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    It's about 20 mins from my place to Coolum.
     

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