Organic farms want you
Farming may seem an idyllic life to the harried city dweller, but try a few days of physical labor in the hot sun and the romance quickly fades. So found Chris Smaje, who spent some time volunteering at organic farms in the Pacific Northwest. But he also found experiences that ranged from educational to annoying to bewildering to inspirational. He can fill you in on each stop, in his story in The Indendent. The various farms, open to volunteers through World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), offer a range of programs from volunteer/work stays, to training programs, to just-drop-by visits.
WWOOF’s Web site lists farms around the world. You can join the organization, then make your own arrangements with the farmers.