World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming
Here at Waterkloof, we’re committed to organic and biodynamic farming practices and these principles guide almost everything we do at the estate. Nadia Barnard, our Marketing Assistant (B.Sc (Agric) in Viticulture & Enology), is always keeping a close eye on what others are doing worldwide when it comes to farming, and finding ways in which all interested parties may get involved. Her latest suggestion for anyone wanting to learn more about organic farming – and to get hands on – is to consider joining the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming program, or WWOOF as it’s better known.
While Waterkloof is neither associated nor affiliated with WWOOF, Nadia believes that the program offers a comprehensive and exciting way to gain valuable practical experience in the fields of organics, biodynamics, and permaculture – especially for students and young people looking to make a difference. This international volunteer-based program is currently active in over 50 countries, with nearly 12,000 farms and over 80,000 volunteers taking part. Members, commonly referred to as WWOOFers, work on a farm in return for their meals and board, all the while learning about the specific organic and biodynamic methods and practices of that farm, and providing the farm with much-needed hands during their busiest times.