Mackintosh Homestead: Lyndeborough, New Hampshire

“Live free or die” greeted me from the license plates of cars I passed as the interstate gave way to windy rural highways, and contemporary suburbs faded away as repurposed mills rose up. Houses stretched farther and farther apart as thick green forest with just the first hints of autumn colors eagerly filled in the gaps. It was hot…

How I quit a WWOOF gig

At several of the farms I’ve WWOOFed for, I heard about WWOOFers who left suddenly, either with a hastily-written note or without any explanation at all. I listened to these recounts with silent amazement at the departed WWOOFers’ audacity – I could never do that. Until I did. My first five farms were incredible. Sometimes…

A Fortnight with Krishna

I arrived on the day the koi were fed for the first time since they began their winter hibernation. It was radiantly sunny – a welcome change after colder days in Montana and Idaho – and small groups of people in both street clothes and traditional Indian dress strolled through the grounds, many taking photos posed…

Homeward Bounty Farm, Grenada, CA

I wasn’t really sure what to expect as a WWOOFer. I figured I’d get to indulge my passion for learning, cut some travel expenses, and meet intriguing people. It was fair to assume I’d spend my time covered in dirt, probably sleeping in a tent, and doing a fair share of the more repetitive work that an…

Red Bluff, CA

Today I woke up in a gorgeous campsite by the Sacramento River. I made some tea, packed up camp, wrestled my tangled hair into a braid, and drove into town to Tremont Cafe and Creamery, a friendly little place that sells a huge breakfast plate for $5 and hasn’t seemed to mind that I’ve been camped…

WHY WWOOF?

  In the communal kitchen at Buttercup Farms Garden in Clayton, Calif., two walls are covered with photos of past guests. Jorie Hanson, the farm’s manager, doesn’t know exactly how many people have passed through since the farm’s opening in 1986, but said that a hundred of those people have been WWOOFers that have come…

WWOOF! // DEPARTING JANUARY 2016

I’ve spent the last few weeks chasing a story about WWOOF in the Bay Area. A hundred miles made their way onto the odometer. Five truly captivating people have made time to talk to me. Dozens of pictures have been taken. I expected an emphasis on learning the how-to’s of agricultural life, but what I found was…