World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA) is part of a world-wide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.
Pennypack Farm & Education Center
We are a suburban organic farm in eastern Montgomery County about 20 miles north of Philadelphia. 2010 will be our eighth year as an organic CSA, with summer and winter shares. We also have a Local Foods Market, selling foods produced by other local area farms, including cheeses, mushrooms, fruit, bison etc. We grow seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, chicken, turkey and eggs for over 300 families using the CSA model.
We are also an education center promoting the benefits of locally grown food and advocacy for sustainable agriculture and food systems. Our customers tend to be like-minded suburban sustainability advocates. Each summer we educate more than 2,000 youth in nutrition and organic agricultural ecosystems.
Suggested length of stay for volunteers: 1 week to 6 weeks. We accept several volunteers between March to October; then in Nov. and Dec just 1.
Accommodations: Placement as a guest in homes of Board members and customers.
Non-Farm opportunities/ activities: Education of summer campers and field trips, building projects.
Philadelphia can be reached with a 35-minute train ride for a $10 round-trip fare.
Expectations of work for WWOOFers: plant, harvest, prune, weed, mulch, mow, wash and sort produce, be clean and respectful, and properly dressed. Approx. 30 hours per week (or more, if you like).
Saturday Farmer’s Market stand is optional. Carpooling or bicycle available.
Languages spoken: English, Dutch and Spanish. No pets. Some homes are vegetarian, although not all. A month advance notice to make arrangements is preferred, but may not be necessary.