Skolen for Livet bygger på bæredygtighed og på vores lille bæredygtige og økologisk landbrug, dyrker vi grønsager både til eget brug og til at sælge med stor hjælp fra vores uundværlige WWOOF’ere fra hele verden.
De dyrker Jorden og frembringer de lækreste, sunde grønsager fyldt med livskraft og de laver lækker vegansk mad til børnene – og ikke mindst tilfører de skolen en internationalt horisont.
Børnene og WWOOF’erne er en gensidig berigelse. WWOOF betyder Willing Workers on Organic Farms.
The History of WWOOF
Originally called “Working Weekends on Organic Farms”, WWOOF came into being in England, in Autumn 1971, when Sue Coppard, a secretary living and working in London, recognized the need for people like herself, who did not have the means or the opportunity, to access the countryside and support the organic movement.
Her idea started with a trial working weekend for four people at a bio dynamic farm at Emerson College in Sussex, arranged through a contact in the Soil Association. The weekend was a great success and things gathered momentum very quickly. Soon many more organic farmers and smallholders were willing to host people keen to work on their farms in return for food and accommodation (WWOOFers). Hosts and WWOOFers made new friends and enjoyed the experience of exchanging assistance and knowledge.
Where it all started
WWOOF UK developed quickly with the organization adapting its systems to meet the needs of WWOOFers and hosts. It remains flexible and adaptable and continues to benefit greatly from enthusiastic grassroots input and feedback. Offers of help from members are actively encouraged. All suggestions are aired and discussed and many implemented. WWOOF’s ethos is one of evolution and constant improvement.
Now there are autonomous WWOOF organizations in many countries; all of whom have their own ways of organizing themselves. However they all have similar aims. Hosts in countries without a national group are listed by WWOOF Independents.
In the last few years many new WWOOF organizations have been created with the help and support of existing WWOOF groups so that in 2012 there are more than 50 WWOOF groups world wide. When the demand for longer periods on farms occurred, the name was changed from “Working Weekends on Organic Farms” to “Willing Workers On Organic Farms”. However the use of the word “work” in the title caused problems in some regions as the organization became inappropriately connected with migrant work and viewed as a clandestine migrant worker organization.
As a result of this – and in recognition of the world wide nature of the organization we have become “World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms”. This change of name was accepted at the meeting in the year 2000, though some WWOOF groups still prefer to use old versions of the name. WWOOF is still growing and ‘to wwoof’ has entered languages in its own right. WWOOFers have given 1000’s of hours of help to organic growers and WWOOF hosts have given their time and experience to WWOOFers and opened the door to a way of living that continues to fundamentally change people’s lives.