Pretty Nostalgic - Up with the larks

A four page featuring chronicling my first WWOOFing experience and my learning along the way.

"It’s 7.45am on a beautiful autumnal morning, and I’m walking through a low mist on my way to feed the pigs. Pheasants scatter as I cross the field, and I can hear the geese honking in the distance. Somehow it’s hard to believe that I’m only half an hour from home and in just a few days I’ll be back at work in the centre of Bristol.

This is my first time participating in an activity known across the world as WWOOFing. For
the uninitiated, WWOOFing stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It's based
around the idea that you volunteer your time on a farm in exchange for food and board, learning all about organic farming and meet interesting people along the way. There's no cost involved, other than a £20 annual membership, which gives you access to hundreds of farms across the country. You're generally expected to work for between 25-35 hours per week, but on many farms you’re treated as a member of the family during your stay, eating and socialising alongside your hosts. People often use it as a way to travel abroad without breaking the bank, but in the UK there are hundreds of amazing opportunities just down the road."

Excerpt from Pretty Nostalgic Magazine, Issue 05, Jan 2013.