The wwoofing

  • A different kind of wealth


Feel like relating to people in a new way and experiencing a healthy lifestyle based around organic, eco-friendly farming? Then wwoofing is the thing for you. Let’s take a look.


If you want to take time out to meet new people in an environment and way of life light years from the city, wwoofing is for you. In full, that’s World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The system is simple. You start by agreeing to the charter when you register on the website*. You can then choose your destination among the dozens of addresses and detailed host profiles on the site. Your host may be a family of smallholders or organic farmers or an individual practicing environment-friendly methods. You’ll be immersed in a new culture and take part in the farm work. Every host in their own way will get you thinking about aspects of their lifestyle (permaculture, diet, self-sufficiency, etc.). It’s an ideal way to take a step back from your daily life and habits. You may not turn to raising goats in the Alpilles afterwards (though you might, too!) but you’ll certainly see your daily life in a different light.

A few miles makes
all the difference One of the dozens of potential hosts in our region is L’Eau Vive, a restored farmhouse with fruit trees, olive trees and beehives at the foot of the Luberon range. Then there’s Les Écuries de la Saurine near Mont Sainte-Victoire, which keeps horses at livery
on a large estate; the wwoofers have to look after the 15 horses and ponies, paying attention to the rider/horse relationship. Different again is Le Grand Mas d’Avignon in the Camargue, which boasts three hectares of gardens and ungrazed grassland crossed by drainage canals; the wwoofer there will help manage the estate’s growth.


* Informations sur www.wwoof.fr. Pour l’étranger, tapez wwoof suivi du pays de destination.