Educational Resources for Hosts and WWOOFers
These are two great organic farming curriculums that we love to recommend to hosts and WWOOFers. Check them out for more detailed information on how to participate! Both MESA and CASFS have free online options, and can be used to augment hands-on learning.
MESA: Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture
A great online tool for farmers and students is from MESA (Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture). MESA offers a free online curriculum that hosts and WWOOFers can use at their own pace. The curriculum gives users a background in agroecological practices and the global socio-economic value of these practices.
MESA’s curriculum is organized around modules that can be “assigned” to the student by a farmer, and/or the farmer can participate too. Modules take the form of videos, audio podcasts, online discussions, and readings. The content encourages students to question how global issues relate to the day-to-day practice of farming. Users register for a free account online and are also given the option of receiving a certificate upon completion of the program, if they wish. Access MESA’s learning program here.
*** We are excited to announce that for all registered WWOOF-USA hosts and members, MESA now offers the Certificate Course for $95. While there is a free option, through this contribution participants become eligible to earn an official Certificate in Applied Agroecology and gain access to experts in the field, MESA instructors, a set cohort of online peers, as well as many other benefits. Please contact WWOOF directly for the certificate course discount code!