Wwoofers on Mad Lavender Farm

Wwoofers on Mad Lavender Farm

Way back when we were first talking about becoming farmers (about 4 years ago) someone mentioned WWOOF aka Willing Workers On Organic Farms or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In the winter of 2015 we joined WWOOF USA as host farmers and we can’t say enough good things about it. The people who volunteer as wwoofers are passionate about farming and have a predilection for being of service and generally just doing their part to help make the world a better place.

Our very first wwoofer was Ashley, who arrived in May of 2015. I picked her up at the airport and we got her settled in the camper.  It’s not exactly luxury accommodations, but it’s totally private and has running water and air conditioning if needed. It’s also near the chicken coop, so there is a built in alarm clock. Ashley worked a solid two weeks with us. Well, we took a day off and went to the movies, but we really worked for it! Together, we wrangled two big dump truck loads of dirt into shape and planted 60 lavender plants into a labyrinth design.

Ashley & Adrienne in the labyrinth.

Ashley & Adrienne in the labyrinth.

Ashley & Adrienne wrangling the dirt.

Ashley & Adrienne wrangling the dirt.

She also helped to put an 18 foot geodesic dome together, donated by our Frenchtown friends, Eric & Grace Fiorito. Ashley had no previous art experience but she was a great help in decorating the gypsy caravan chicken coop with a gold damask stencil. I will never forget Ashley, our first wwoofer, and so much a part of our first Spring on Mad Lavender Farm.

It required 4 people to move 1 stone for our pathway!

It required 4 people to move 1 stone for our pathway!

We booked a total of 18 wwoofers last year. Most stayed few days, one young woman from Austria stayed for the 2 week maximum on our farm, but they all got up early with us and worked hard. Our philosophy embraces, along with hard work, eating well and enjoying time off, including frequent stops at OHWOWCOW. We plan to make our own lavender honey ice cream this year, but we may need to taste test some other flavors!

Don, Adrienne and 3 willing workers + dog.

By | 2018-02-04T17:03:09+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Life on the Farm|

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