May 3, 2010 10:18 PM by Stephanie Collins
Interest is up in a program that connects volunteers with farmers across the country, including here in southern Colorado.
Javernick Family Farms in Canon City has been a part of WWOOF, the World Wide Workers on Organic Farms Program, for three years. This year they say they had twice as many people contact them to work at the farm.
Under the program farmers get the extra help they need during their busy season and volunteers get a place to say and food to eat in exchange, "It's an opportunity for people to travel around, have a place to stay in exchange for work basically," adds Beki Javernick-Guion of Javernick Family Farms.
Some volunteers stay all season while others stay for a short time then move on. Volunteers also help with farmer's markets and the farm's CSA, Community Supported Agriculture program. Javernick Family Farms has a few shares left in their CSA, which starts at the end of May and runs through October. To sign up for CSA click here.