I’ve been receiving emails from a lot of people interested in more information about wwoofing, so I wanted to reiterate my contact information here, as well as sum up the farms we went to and the resources we used to plan our trip.
Wwoof stands for World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming, and has been around for decades. It is important to know that each country has its own organization, with some of the smaller countries joining together to create a larger group.
We started planning our trip using the Wwoof Italy website, both became members, and received our ID cards (some countries require you to have Wwoof ID cards on you at all times). Then we sorted through the list of farms we were sent and chose several to email. After sending out about 15 separate (never send one email out to multiple farms) emails we began correspondence with 5-6, and worked out an arrival date with 2. Then we began researching, and also set up a price alert on the flight we needed on Kayak.com so that we would get our tickets at the lowest possible amount.
I highly recommend the Beers and Beans Travel Blog’s Essential Wwoofing Pack List, and their other entries on their wwoofing experience. http://beersandbeans.com/2011/03/02/the-essential-wwoofing-pack-list/
I also reccomend that you ask as many questions as possible to your future host families, including inquiries about what you will eat, where you will sleep, and what your work schedule will be. And definitely ask what you will be able to do on days off, or if you get days off.
This is the list of farms we volunteered at, in order. I definitely suggest all of these farms to anyone else, but they are all very different so email be about more information if you are thinking about going to one.
Colombaia. Very close to Siena and fairly close to Florence. Natural Wine Vineyard.
Castello di Potentino. In the Grossetto area. Vineyard and Olive Grove.
Podere Marco Polo. Also in the Grosetto area, located in Pitigliano, my favorite city we visited. Olive Grove.
My contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wwoof Website for Italy is http://www.wwoof.it/en/
The Wwoof website for the USA, which I am also a member of now is http://www.wwoofusa.org/