Agritourism, a style of vacation that typically takes place on a farm, ranch or vineyard, is a chance for guests to get local, communal experience. Fresh, seasonal food is usually the main draw at a tourist farm, where guests are looking for an authentic country life experience without the traditional tourist trappings. But some take it even a step further and actually work — planting crops, harvesting food, feeding animals, cooking — in exchange for lodging and food.
An article in The New York Times a while back on agritourism in Slovenia got us thinking about this again. We revisited a site we've had bookmarked for awhile: Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF publishes a printed and online directory of more than 1,000 farms that host volunteers in exchange for meals and accommodations. It presents an opportunity to learn practical farming skills, connect with where food comes from and be a part of the real food movement — all while having a fun, inexpensive eco-vacation!
Have any of you ever done a vacation like this? What was your experience?
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