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Sonya’ s WWOOFing : Farm Life in the South of France

« I was on my way to literally get up close and personal with some good old-fashioned dirt. I wanted to learn how to grow things: delicious, beautiful organic fruits and vegetables. So I headed to the south of France to spend three weeks working on an organic farm – because if you’re going to learn how to grow food, what better place is there than the south of France… »

Sonia takes us on her journey of understanding why WWOOFing goes way deeper than a surface level transaction... Although she considered it at first like « the Airbnb of organic farms, minus any exchange of money and with some manual labor and delicious food thrown into the mix. » (Argh! For more on this, read our article « Why WWOOFing Is NOT Work in Exchange for Meals and Board. »)

At the end of her stay, she has glimpsed all parts of the plant life cycle, her hosts’ lifestyle and daily routines, and reflected on her own well-being. She concludes how in the grander scheme of things that we as people, not so unlike the rows of strawberries and tomato plants, « can only be what we are, but in the right conditions we can flourish into the best version of what we’re meant to be. »

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« The sky darkened progressively during the peaceful 45 minute drive to the farm.  By the time we arrrived, a thick blanket of stars was glowing vibrantly overhead.  

Dominique runs the farm along with his wife Evelyn and their daughter Laetitia and son in law Joe.  Evelyn was asleep when I arrived but I was introduced to Laetitia and Joe.  They showed me to my accommodation, a spacious one room cabin about 50 yards from the main house.  It was fitted with a double bed, a single mattress, a couch and coffee table and a couple chests of drawers and a coffee maker.  Nothing fancy, but spacious and comfortable. » read more.

A snap shot of blog Follow the Coconuts when Sonya curiously accompanies her hosts on market

Good to know

Keep in mind that though WWOOFers are more than welcome to go to market if curious and offer a helping hand in setting up, they are not allowed to sell for their host or work the stand. Take a look at our FAQ section on this topic for further information!


Check out the farm Sonya WWOOFed at : E A R L Petit Berrocq.

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