WWOOFing, Experiences on Traveling and Organic Farming

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) links volunteers with organic farmers. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. Author and WWOOFer of 36 farms Steffen Mirsky will be on campus to explain how program works and then delve into several of the most inspirational "farms" he visited. 

 Join us Wednesday, April 25th at 7PM in Valders 262

After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007, Steffen Mirsky traveled to Australia for a marine biology internship. Following his internship and discovery of the WWOOF program, Mirsky began his travels throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Nearly two years and 36 organic farms later, having received a transformational education and tremendous inspiration, he returned to the US.  Mirsky recorded his journey in a memoir published last year entitled "WWOOFing Adventures Down Under: Living and Working on 36 Organic Farms in Australia and New Zealand."  He has been working at Seed Savers Exchange since August 2011.

Steffen's presentation will briefly explain how the WWOOF program works and then delve into several of the most inspirational "farms" he visited, including a master blacksmith's forge, a 2.5 million acre outback cattle station, and the demonstration property of permaculture's co-founder .  He will also cover tips on what makes for an enjoyable farmstay and how to get started on your own journey.