Our farm has been a host farm to many wonderful young people over the past
two years, under the WWOOFing scheme.
Willing Workers on Organic Farms is an international scheme which
provides the opportunity for visitors to stay and learn. We enjoy being in the
scheme because it gives our family the chance to meet with keen travellers and
learn about other cultures. The conditions of the scheme include no drugs and no
alcohol. We facilitate seeing the sights of the Canberra region.
The host family provides food and lodgings. In return, the WWOOFer provides a
half day’s labour and share their experiences.
Ongoing tasks include pruning, planting, mulching, digging, around the fruit
trees, weeding, thinning, netting and fruit picking.
Our overseas helpers have come from Denmark, England, France, Germany, the
Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Japan and Korea.
Several Aussies have also stayed a while. Most stay for one – two weeks and also
enjoy seeing the attractions of Canberra.
Other International links
Loriendale Orchard has hosted, in recent years, a number of students from
Agricultural Institutes in France. Most students are required to undertake one
overseas training placement along with several shorter farm placements around
France. We have linked with the Institute in Beauvais, which trains young people
from the rich agriculture regions of Picarde and Normandie. We also are to host
one student mid year to visit from Angers, in the Loire Region.