[Sdpg] Are there any WWOOF Farms in Southern California?

sdpg-admin at arashi.com sdpg-admin at arashi.com
Fri Sep 21 16:31:04 PDT 2001

hi wes,

it was fun to meet you down at the colonia esperanza school in tijuana and i 
hope all is well with you and marjorie (sp?).  my friends have a beautiful 
small CSA organic farm in fallbrook, which is part of north county san 
diego.  they regularly take on interns from the usa and abroad.  they might 
be interested in taking on some woofers.  their information is the 

organic planet farms
Michael Cone and Carolyn
3519 Luneta Lane
Fallbrook, CA (sorry, i don't know the zip)

I'm off to ohio on oct. 15.  keep up the good work promoting Pc and hope to 
see ya soon.

best wishes - joe viny
>From: sdpg-admin at arashi.com
>Reply-To: sdpg at arashi.com
>To: scpg at arashi.com, sdpg at arashi.com, ccpg at arashi.com
>Subject: [Sdpg] Are there any WWOOF Farms in Southern California?
>Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 08:43:58 -0700
>Hi everyone
>          just got a request from England if we have any WWOOF farms here
>in Southern California , I check the web and found this
>site  http://wwoofusa.com/  WWOOF stands for "Willing Workers on Organic
>Farms" here is some info from the webpage to get a little background on 
>                                                 wes
>Welcome to the WWOOF program. WWOOF is a coordinating service, bringing
>                    together travellers who are seeking to explore new
>cultures and gain experience in
>                    organic growing and other rural activities, with host
>farms/families. WWOOF
>                    organizations exist around the world, beginning in
>Britain almost 30 years ago and
>                    now thriving in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy,
>Germany, Austria and many
>                    other countries. We have been providing this service in
>Canada for over 12 years
>                    and are delighted to extend this program into the
>United States.
>                    WWOOFing is a unique cultural exchange in
>                    that travellers of all ages can visit
>                    communities throughout the U.S. and
>                    experience, for a short while, real life on a
>                    farm or a rural business. WWOOFers gain
>                    from the opportunities to learn about rural
>                    life, organic and other sustainable growing
>                    techniques as well as being in a family
>                    situation. Our hosts express delight and
>                    appreciation for the help they receive and the
>                    pleasure of sharing their passion for organic growing
>with enthusiastic visitors.
>                              What you need to know if you want to be a
>                    How do I become a WWOOFer?
>                    Complete the application form on this web site and mail
>it to the address provided,
>                    enclosing $30.00U.S. When we receive your application
>we will immediately mail
>                    the booklet to you.
>                    How long can I expect to stay with a WWOOF host?
>                    When you receive your WWOOF booklet look through it to
>find hosts that are
>                    appealing to you and in the areas you are interested in
>visiting. When you have
>                    decided the approximate dates of your travel, contact
>the host(s) directly and
>                    discuss your plans. How long you stay with a host is up
>to you, and of course up to
>                    the host. With most WWOOF hosts you are welcome to stay
>1 week or longer.
>                    Some hosts request a minimum of 2 weeks so that you can
>orientate yourself to the
>                    farm scene; many volunteers stay 1-3 weeks then move on
>to another farm - thus
>                    gaining a variety of experiences.
>                    What experience do I need?
>                    You don't need any farm experience at all. What you do
>need is a willingness to
>                    learn, laugh and try your best. The hosts will guide
>and teach you.
>                    Do I need a visa to be a WWOOFER?
>                    If you are an American citizen of course you do not
>need to be concerned about a
>                    visa. As a tourist, travelling from another country,
>you also can enter the United
>                    States usually without a visa. Internationally
>"WWOOFing"is recognized as a
>                    "volunteer activity". U.S. Immigration laws on the
>issue of "volunteering" vs.
>                    "working" are somewhat unclear - you certainly cannot
>work in the U.S. without the
>                    appropriate visa, but the definition of "work" seems to
>sometimes include
>                    "volunteering". Occasionally people have been refused
>entry to the U.S. because
>                    the Immigration Officials have interpreted
>"volunteering" as equivalent to "working".
>                    It is important that you be aware of this. It is up to
>you to ensure you travel with the
>                    correct papers. We are not responsible for any aspect
>of securing a visa.
>                                                WWOOF Aims
>                         to get firsthand experience of organic farming &
>gardening and to lend a
>                         helping hand wherever needed
>                         to get into the countryside and experience USA and
>its citizens.
>                         to help the organic movement, which is often
>labour intensive and does not
>                         rely on artificial fertilizers & pesticides.
>                         to make contact with other people in the organic
>                         to have a wonderful enriching experience.
>                         to enable people from all over the world to have a
>cultural exchange with US
>                         citizens
>                                            Best Time To WWOOF
>                    The best time to WWOOF is generally between early
>spring ( April on the eastern
>                    side of the USA; February/March/April on the West
>Coast) to late autumn/fall. There
>                    are numerous hosts that accept volunteers all year
>round. This is often indicated in
>                    the hosts write-up. However even if it is not
>indicated, feel free to ask any host if
>                    they accept WWOOFers in the winter, if you desire to
>wwoof in the winter.

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