"We are not meant to suppress our desires, or relegate ourselves to meaningless work in exchange for a paltry sum every month.” Sal Rachele
For years now, I have wanted to start a network for people in the permaculture movement to find the place of their dreams and for people who need help on their dream places to connect with people that have the time.
Are you looking to get more help on your farm or homestead?
Are you looking for a farm or homestead to help on and to get more experience?
Keywords. Farms, homesteads, permaculture projects, restoration work, Permaculture job searches, interns, woofers, cooperatives.
Lots of people are shifting around. Tens of thousands of our compatriots are looking for their next move in 2015. Lots of people want to help. All hands on deck. Some sort of Game Reset is going to show up sooner than later. If so, the numbers of people who will want to be on a farm or landed project will drastically increase. At the same time, travel and mobility will become harder.
The first WWOOF program in the modern world started in England about 1970. In the first couple years the acronym stood for Weekend Workers on Organic Farms. As workers tended to stay longer and for then for full seasons the title was changed to Willing Workers on Organic Farms. It was the prototype for dozens of other WWOOF programs around the world, also variously called farm internship and apprenticeship programs. WWOOF Australia and WWOOF New Zealand are two of the best organized and most famous WWOOF programs in the world. Some of the current programs operating in the Pacific Northwest include WWOOF USA, WWOOF CANADA, Tilth Producers of Washington Internship Listings (formerly the Tilth Placement Service), and GrowFood.org (formerly organicvolunteers.com). GrowFood is national in scope as well as international and currently has over 18,000 members.
I have been tracking the various wwoof-type programs since 1972 and have run a number of such programs. I helped start and run the Farm Brigade in 1972, which was one of the first wwoof programs in the USA (perhaps the first). I started and ran a national Rural Apprentice Program from 1974 to 1988, and the international Travelers Earth Repair Network from 1989 to 1999.
I currently don’t have the time to manifest such a linking service for permaculturits and their ilk, but perhaps if I put the idea out there someone else has the time and inclination to make it a reality. Or perhaps I can collaborate with others.
In the meantime: Here is the best resource I know of to link farmers to would-be farmers.
Greenhorns has put together perhaps the best list in the country on programs to link farms with interns, farm jobs, woofing etc.
The Greenhorns is a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. We do this by producing avant-garde programming, video, audio, web content, publications, events, and art projects that increase the odds for success and enhance the profile and social lives of America’s young farmers.
The Greenhorns jobs list
Small Farmers Journal (a quarterly publication with a classifieds section)
COMFOOD listserv, Tufts University [Specifically, there is the Community Food Security Coalition's Job Listing Email Listserve: Subscribe to Comfoodjobs: https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/comfoodjobs. Note: All posting must include specific location(s) of job opportunities in the Subject line. ed.]
CASFS (Santa Cruz apprenticeship program)
My webmaster has been collecting links to similar resources as well and adds these to the list:
Photo from Afristar Foundation