About a year ago, I read a book about a family who decided to leave behind their comfortable life in the English rat race to set up a small holding in Wales. Amongst the entertaining anecdotes about broken down tractors and funny farm animals, the mention of someting called wwoofing caught my eye.
Since 1971, Wwoof has been matching up organic farms, gardens and smallholdings with willing volunteers. For £20 a year, volunteers receive access to a list of hosts situated all over the world. In return for working 5 hours a day, your host provides you with food and accommodation. Wwoofing looked like something that I definitely had to try.
I decided to apply to hosts in North Wales for my first wwoofing experience. Since moving back to Wales five years ago, I’ve been making an effort to explore more of the country. Also, as I’m learning (South) Welsh, I thought it would do me good to hear some North Welsh (I didn’t really understand much, but it sounds beautiful).
After sending out a couple of emails (it’s the volunteer’s responsibility to contact the hosts), I received a reply from Charlie and Ela at Anglesey Tipi & Yurt Holidays. Attached to their small campsite (definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for somewhere cool to stay in Anglesey), they have their own organic vegetable garden, which is where I’ve spent most of the past week.
The photo above is the view from the front of the cottage where I stayed. Not a bad front yard, eh?
As well as weeding the veggies, I also helped Charlie to put the roof on this Hobbit-style house that some previous wwoofers excavated when clearing some bramble.