All having a great time working
SPRING is in the air and the WWOOFers are arriving.
Willing Workers on Organic Farms are spreading out across the Coffs Coast's rural landscape as people from across the globe arrive on farms to help with seasonal tasks.
The volunteer workers in the non-profit scheme, mainly young people from 18 to 28, work for five hours a day through the week in return for their hosts providing food, accommodation and some assistance in exploring the local area.
Among WWOOFing hosts is Ulong farmer Kathleen Ossman, who is currently hosting three young WWOOFers and has been involved in the program for 18 months.
Ms Ossman said she was “kind of lenient” because she only asked her WWOOFers to work for two hours a day and tried to make sure they had a good time while they were on her farm, which she is re-fencing before introducing cattle.
“I think they are mainly here for some physical farm experience,” Ms Ossman said.
“You don't put them up on a tractor or anything that takes skill.”
Her workers are painting fences, pruning trees, pulling out fireweed and clearing privet.
She said a friend who also hosted WWOOFers, had them helping with her horses.
“It is a wonderful program and they have a wonderful time if they are on good farms, but some have had bad experiences,” Ms Ossman said.