World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms (WWOOF) and Lodestar Gardens: Our WWOOFer Philosophy
Lodestar Gardens invites volunteers whose objectives are to:
- learn new growing techniques and sustainable lifestyle practices
- assist us in developing our projects and
- share in a cultural exchange of ideas, practices and experiences.
Length of Stay
Because we hold these values, we expect our volunteers to stay a minimum of ten days. This is the least amount of time necessary to establish an exchange consistent with our WWOOF philosophy.
We adhere to the guidelines set by the WWOOF organization that volunteers should expect to work 5-6 hours/day.
In some cases, volunteers will accompany us to the local farmers’ markets and assist in selling our produce.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow pets, but we do have an assortment of cats, dogs and chickens here which you may befriend during your stay. For example:
Depending on the number of volunteers and the weather conditions, volunteers will either have small bedroom areas with bathroom and kitchen facilities, or tent areas with access to portable toilets during the day in addition to shower facilities at the end of each day.
You will be fed three healthy, fresh and delicious meals a day, meals most often comprised of food volunteers have worked to get to table. Volunteers must describe any special diet considerations or any extenuating health conditions in the initial communication. Meals are served at designated times only.
Because of our belief in the benefits of time allotted for solitude, reflection and meditation, we encourage our volunteers to be very respectful of the silence which fosters such activities.
We live in an area close to the extensive Sitgreaves National Forest which follows the Mogollon Rim. It’s ideal country for hiking, photography, bird watching, geocaching, rockhounding. . .and probably a few things we haven’t heard of yet.
We have a workout room that will be open a few hours a day.
There is computer access at Lodestar Gardens. A computer for email purposes is available for a limited time period each day.
We have a substantial library from which you can borrow books during your stay.
If you are interested in WWOOFing at Lodestar Gardens, please feel free to contact us.