WWOOF is a worldwide network of organizations. WWOOF was founded in 1971 in the UK. From there WWOOF spread to Australia, New Zealand, then Canada in 1985, and now exists in 100+ countries (and growing) around the world. WWOOF is a help exchange linking volunteers with organic growers, and helps people share more sustainable ways of living.
WWOOF is a help exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

Vacationing and volunteering on Organic Farms is a wonderful way to broaden your education and practical experience. You'll learn about organic growing and producing and other sustainable living practices, meet people, and it is also a great way to travel inexpensively around Canada.
More than 900 hosts (and a vast array of different places) from the East Coast to the West Coast, to the Yukon and Northwest Territories, will introduce you to the many interesting aspects of Canadian farms, rural and urban properties. A preview of the Host Listings can be browsed without registering a WWOOF account.
WWOOFing / volunteering has also become a cultural exchange, besides being a helping exchange. You help 4-6 hours a day, 5 - 5 1/2 days per week and receive accommodations, meals and a very interesting experience.
WWOOFing with children is happening and possible - just find the right host !!
For those coming from overseas - Europe and Asia and from elsewhere - you must have a simple basic understanding of English, or French if staying with a French Canadian Host.
WWOOFers are expected to help, learn, share and participate with whatever outside farm & garden related chores that need doing. You are welcome to stay 1 week or longer; some hosts request a minimum of 2 weeks; some stay much longer depending on the needs of each host and compatibility; many volunteers stay 1-3 weeks, then move on to another host - thus gaining a variety of different experiences. You are free as to how long you decide to stay, depending on the host's requirements.
The aims of WWOOF are to provide individuals from all around the world the opportunity:

  • to get firsthand experience of organic farming & gardening and 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 & pesticides.
  • to make contact with other people in the organic movement.
  • to have a wonderful enriching experience.
  • to have a cultural exchange with Canadians.

Best Time to WWOOF
The best time to WWOOF is between early spring ( April on the eastern side of Canada; February/March/April in British Columbia on the western side of Canada) to late autumn/fall. There are numerous hosts that accept volunteers all year round. This is often indicated in the hosts write-up. However even if it is not indicated, feel free to ask any host if they accept WWOOFers in the winter, if you desire to WWOOF in the winter.