Organic Farms Are Looking For Volunteers
Canada has a large network of organic farms and it’s growing.
More and more Canadians are disgusted with the artificial food production and the additives and poison in the food we buy in supermarkets. Many environmental groups are fighting against GMO (genetically modified organism), but the big companies making the big buck are fighting back. GMO is still legal in Canada and it doesn’t even have to be labelled.
This is probably one reason that organic farms are doing well. The market for organic food is definitely growing.
To find seasonal work on an organic farm is quite easy. Many of the organic farms look for volunteers. They offer accommodation and food in exchange for your work, and a learning experience.
This is a pretty good deal and a great opportunity to experience Canada. It won’t cost you any money while you work at the farm and you get a bed and all the meals.
How To Find Work On Organic Farms
The easiest way to find work on organic farms is to join WWOOF Canada.
WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Their slogan: living, learning and sharing organic lifestyles.
WWOOF Canada is part of a worldwide network of organizations. It promotes awareness of ecological farming practices and provides volunteers with the opportunity to live and learn on organic properties.
Many of these organic farms depend on volunteers to keep the farm going.
This is a great way to learn about organic food, agriculture, and sustainable ways of living. It brings together people with similar human values and philosophies.
Volunteer help in exchange for food accommodation and learning opportunities in organic farming/growing and sustainable living practices. It is meant to be a partnership based on mutual trust and respect between host and volunteer.
There are a wide variety of hosts part of the WWOOF program which ensures that each person WWOOFing in Canada will find a place that suits them.
Make sure you know what to expect before committing to a host.
The Aims Of WWOOf (WWOOF Canada Website)
are to provide individuals from all around the world the opportunity:
- to get firsthand experience on organic farms to lend a helping hand wherever needed.
- to get into the countryside and experience Canada and Canadians.
- to help the organic movement, which is often labour intensive and does not rely on artificial fertilizers and pesticides.
- to make contact with other people in the organic farm movement.
- to have a wonderful enriching experience.
- to have a cultural exchange with Canadians.
Who Can Sign Up And What Does It Cost
You think that WWOOFing is for you and you would like to try it and work on organic farms!
The cost to become a WWOOFer is $55 for a single account or $65 for a joint membership.
To WWOOF in Canada, you must be 19 in most Canadian provinces and territories.
Providing you are fit, there is no upper age limit for WWOOFing on organic farms.
Sign up online to be a member and you will get access to the host list.
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Do I Need A Work / Tourist Visa?
This depends! Volunteering on farms in exchange for room and board for a period of up to four weeks per farm do not require work permits.
However, depending on your nationality you may require a tourist visa.
There still seems to be confusion at with the officials at borders. Please check out the WWOOF website for more information on that.
Are planning to volunteer on organic farms for longer than four wee? In this case, you will need a work visa for Canada.
You decided to WWOOF without a work visa. Make sure to convince the border officer, that your main reason for entering Canada is as a tourist.
Other work in Canada if working on organic farms is not what you are looking for.
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