With WWOOF I learned to
live in the countryside
I've always liked olive trees. As a child I loved the big old trees but I heard it said that they were bad. They had to be pruned short and to do so and so. However I did not like the plants grown this way, they were sad, sickly.
So it was thus for everything:
What a joy the wild flowers are –they need some weed killer.
Beautiful hedges – they need to be pruned
What a wonderful pond - pump away that putrid water!
When I grew up, I went on liking nature and I still wondered if it would not be possible to live in it with dignity. As soon as I discovered WWOOF Italy, I immediately became a member and spent three years traveling and studying, visiting a dozen hosts in the centre and in the north. Each drop of sweat seemed a tear of joy, each branch cut was a new step of the ladder that I was climbing.
I found a different world of agriculture and not an industry. A world where humans really lived, as did the plants and the animals with which they cohabited. There were people who pruned the olive trees trying to feel themselves as olive trees and they were beautiful and fruitful trees, without tractors, university degrees, industry or poisons, with hedges, water, grass and life. And that was all. And so I decided to do the same. Now I live with some olive trees and I still study and travel a lot. With much patience, much joy and so much work, I care for the piece of land I have chosen to live in.
Council and Presidency - The broad circle is composed of the AGM of members and is concentrated into the operational core of the Council when it comes to dealing with ordinary management and official acts. Decisionality and concreteness at the service of the collective vision, towards the realization of the aims of the charter.
Webmaster - Website, database, membership and all the telematic functionalities indispensable for the life of the Association, are managed and coordinated professionally by Alessandro. His technological skills are combined with experience in agriculture, WWOOF hospitality and coordination, which enables him to meet the heterogeneous domands of a complex reality such as WWOOF Italia.
Coordinators - The associative life on the territory is animated by a network of about 40 volunteers (hosts or WWOOFers) who deal with the requests of new hosts, organize local meetings, stimulate and collect projects of common interest. The group of coordinators is constantly evolving, maintaining strong connections and nuturing support and training.
The coordinators autumn riunion will be held in Fabriano, AN 11th - 14th October
Insurance and more - Any Association needs technical and legal tools that translate its intentions and its mission. Members in good standing with their membership are covered by a policy during their activities thanks to the ethical intermediation of the CAES Consortium. In the more delicate cases and in the construction of projects and campaigns, the association can count on the solid collaborative relationship with William, a lawyer and frequent visitor at meetings.
Local meetings - The associative relationship is built from the bottom: small groups of hosts, travelers and coordinators who meet up together, represent the first moment of the creation of a network between people who share the WWOOF experience. We share problems and difficulties of rural life, but also successes, adventures and products with warm bonding camaraderie.
“When you shop with a conscience, you don’t save the world, you save the corporations”
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Fabio - ... They paid me to teach applied art in school but with minimal results, the environment was too sterile, too much paperwork. When I began to pass on my knowledge to WWOOFers I discovered, with wonder, that this was the most fruitful school, that almost all the seeds sprouted.
Daria - For the past six years, I have been traveling across Italy and WWOOFing. The more I travel the more I feel at home. Each new experience, however unique and different from the others, has an immediate familiar flavour. Each time I recognize same shared intentions and ways of living that I feel to be part of and which solidify in this sharing of daily life. WWOOFer / coordinator.
I am a WWOOFer and for over six years I have been a wandering nomad. WWOOF Italia has helped me find the meaning of my life.
'Sun, earth, water, wind, patience, humility, tolerance, peace.
Peasants' tears make plants grow and nomads continue their endless journeys.
Nature is strong, the future in our hands.