Go Organic, Literally

Stef Binde

A girl sitting in a field.

It's a smart idea with a silly acronym. WWOOF, short for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, connects cash-strapped travelers with farms in need of extra hands. The lodging-for-labor combo means volunteers pay only for transportation, plus a small fee for access to host-farm listings in one of the 92 countries through wwoof.org Rita Garand, a stay-at-home mom in Montreal, loved her stint on a lavender farm in Italy this May, where her family spent five hours a day weeding. But would-be WWOOFers should ask about specifics, advises Mark Phillips, a Boston sales associate who had to work 10-hour...

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