Become a farm host with WWOOF

Are you farming organically? You might be just the farmer we are looking for! 

WWOOF Sweden currently lists 189 active farm hosts. Last year our hosts opened their doors to 1630 WWOOF volunteers from all over the world. 30% comes from Sweden and the ages varies from 18 to 75 but most are between 20-30 years old.  

Loving to Teach and Share?

If you are farming organically and sustainably, are transitioning toward growing organically, or are using ecologically sound farming methods, you are a great candidate to teach your methods in your role as a Host. It is your responsibility as a Host to provide projects and tasks to WWOOFers, in which they can learn about sustainable growing methods. If you are passionate about organic farming and would like to share your knowledge about it with WWOOFers, and are willing to provide hands-on organic growing experiences, you might make a great Host.

Accommodating Your Guests

Offering a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for WWOOFers is essential to being a great Host. As a Host, you agree to provide your WWOOFers with clean, dry housing and food, preferably organic, where possible. Please provide as much food as you can for your WWOOFers and adjust your hours required accordingly to this amount. Make sure that you let guests know what housing accommodations and food you will provide, so they know what to expect before they get to your farm.

Nurturing and Getting to Know Your WWOOFers

As a Host, it is important to acknowledge that WWOOFers are not free laborers. Instead, they are people who offer their time on farms to learn about organic farming practices, to help where it is needed and to take part in the organic farming movement.

It is also important to understand that our members enter the WWOOF Sweden program with a myriad of farming experiences. Some people may be very knowledgeable about farming; others may have never stepped foot on a farm. In addition, all farms operate differently, so you may have an experienced WWOOFer that completes tasks differently than you would. Be patient with your WWOOFers, understand that most of them are trying their best to help.

Practicing Open Communication

Above all, successful Host farms practice open communication with their WWOOFers. Simple communication can make a huge difference in your interactions with one another. Generally, the happier your guests are, the more effort they will put forth on your farm. Remember that you set the tone on your farm. If kindness, enthusiasm, appreciation and patience is what you want to thrive around you, then you need to demonstrate this with your actions.

Talk to your guests about why they got involved in WWOOF Sweden and what they hope to gain from their experiences. If you understand their backgrounds and goals, you may be able to assign your WWOOFers specific tasks tailored to their individual interests and learning objectives.

Create a warm, friendly environment in which WWOOFers can feel at home. Take the time to discuss their stay with you: ask if they are enjoying their time on your farm and encourage them to make suggestions about what could be improved. Allowing WWOOFers to contribute feedback or discuss any concerns can go a long way toward making both parties feel comfortable and respected within your farming arrangement. To practice open communication on a regular basis, we strongly recommend that you plan weekly meetings to provide a platform for constructive discussion, where everyone feels like he or she has a say.

How does it work?

WWOOF Sweden publishes an online Host list that lists more than 174 organic farms and gardens (KRAV certification optional) throughout Sweden. Within the list , each Host describes his or her farm, location, crops, lifestyle and general responsibilities. Any organic farm, community or garden project in Sweden that would like to Host visitors can participate in the program. WWOOFers typically spend half of a day participating on the farms in exchange for educational opportunities, meals and living accommodations.

Your Host Profile allows you to list specific criteria that you would like your ideal WWOOFer to meet. You must clearly communicate what kind of farming experience you require, how long you would like WWOOFers to stay, how many hours of help you will need per week and what accommodations and meals you will provide. It is most beneficial to you, the Host farm, to maintain an accurate, up-to-date profile. We encourage Hosts to frequently review their profiles, which are automatically updated within the online Host list  when you make any changes. For example, if at any point you are fully booked, you can use your calendar to show that a certain month is fully booked. This will prevent unnecessary inquiries from WWOOFers. If you happen to be in urgent need of volunteers, you can post that on your profile, which will increase your chances of filling in spaces quicker.

Through the WWOOF Sweden platform, Hosts and volunteers pay an annual membership fee, 25€ for volunteers and 30€ for Hosts, to participate in the exchange program in order to help maintain and expand the WWOOF Sweden network. Upon gaining access to the list , WWOOFers search for a compatible Host farm. When they have found a strong match, they contact a Host directly to discuss each other’s expectations. At this point it is best for a Host to look up a WWOOFers profile in order to learn more about them and to verify their WWOOF membership. You can find any member registered with us by entering their name or email address in our search bar in the WWOOFers list.

Some farms will have inquiring WWOOFers fill out a questionnaire in order to learn more about them and see if they are a good fit. We also recommend that you schedule a phone or Skype conversation in which you get to know each other, as well as communicate your expectations and listen to theirs. We believe that phone calls provide open, direct communication that otherwise may get lost in translation through e-mail and online chat programs. This first point-of-contact allows you to hash out an arrangement that is beneficial for both you and your prospective WWOOFer.

Apply to become a farm host under the green membership button on the front page, welcome!