Have you heard about the latest trend in travel?
Yes, you pay to stay on a farm. Why would anyone ever want to do that?
Especially me: the high heeled wearing, makeup obsessed, jewelry wearing, self proclaimed lover of all things glamorous. What the hell is glamorous about staying on a farm? Overalls are not my cup of tea.
But since I made the best decision of my life to leave my job, I’ve been searching deeper into my passions, finding things that really get me excited. I watched the movie FoodMatters (actually I’ve watched it about 5 times now), and I felt something inside of me like the first time I found out I could travel.
Food. We all have to eat it, but rarely do we know exactly where it comes from and just exactly what we are putting in our bodies. Take a look at any cereal box in the grocery store and the list of ingredients is a mile long. Lord willing, I’m trying to be alive and glamorous until at least 110 years old, so I’ve been making choices to only eat foods that are from local, sustainable sources. The fact that most tomatoes in the grocery store are ripened with ethanol gas makes me cringe.
So me, the girl who wears 5.5 inch heels pretty much at all times, wants to get my hands dirty and learn how to farm. I want to be able to grow my own food, to know exactly what goes in it, and feel the satisfaction of knowing about all the nutrients my body is getting.
So, I was poking around on the internet and found out it’s possible to actually take vacations on farms! Some places include meals, some places allow you to actually work, and some places just want you to sit back and enjoy the farmlands. But I sadly found out that most farm stays are well out of my price range.
Then I found out about WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF is an exchange program, linking volunteers with farmers in exchange for food, lodging, and incredible learning opportunities. I’ve heard people on Twitter talk about WWOOF, but I never realized what is what or how awesome the opportunity seems.
I’ve done some research and found a few places in California that seem to be pretty awesome. Johnny and I are actually thinking of taking a summer vacation to a WWOOF farm. From what I’m gathering, it seems the cost would be pretty minimal compared to an actual farm stay. That way, we could still go on a mini vacation for a minimal cost before our big trip to Argentina. Or should we just wait and stay on a WWOOF farm in Argentina? Or do both?! I don’t know!
So that’s why I’m reaching out to all of you. Have any of you done a farm stay or stayed on a WWOOF farm? Is the opportunity worth it? Let me know in the comments!