Barberry Hill Farm
Participate in a worldwide movement that
connects visitors with organic farmers
in an educational and cultural exchange.
How It WorksParticipate in a worldwide movement that
connects visitors with organic farmers
in an educational and cultural exchange.
How do I become a WWOOFer?
Join online and receive instant online access. Individual memberships cost $40 and Couples Memberships cost $65 and all memberships last for a full year.
All WWOOFers are required to have a membership for safety and security reasons, and to show their identification to hosts upon arrival. Please be aware that sharing account information with non-members may be cause for immediate membership revocation.
Once you’ve become a member, carefully read the information in the How It Works section of this website, look at the Our Farms section, contact the hosts you want to visit to make plans, and go WWOOF!
Membership is valid for one year from the day it is purchased.
How do I become a host?
Join here to sign up as a host. Be ready to include the following information in paragraph format when you sign up: description of surrounding area and farm, description of activities (crops, projects, goals, etc.), suggested length of stay for WWOOFers, non-agricultural activities (alternative construction, restoration projects, green energy, etc.), expectations of WWOOFers, when WWOOFers are needed, accommodations (number and type), transportation options, languages spoken, willingness to accept children/pets, meals and special diets, nearby area sights and fun things to do, and any other farm or area specifics.
How long will it take to get my online password and/or directory?
When you sign up online, you will create a username and password and have instant access to the online directory.
Once I become a member, how does my online experience change?
When logged in as a WWOOF-USA member, you have access to advanced search functions such as filters and key word searches, along with complete farm profiles including contact details, and comments and ratings from previous WWOOFers. In addition, we have an online forum for the WWOOF community to share information and conversations – a great place to expand your knowledge about WWOOFing.
How long is WWOOF-USA membership valid?
Membership is valid for one year from the date of registration.
What forms of payment do you accept for people signing up internationally?
You can join online and use a credit or debit card, or you can mail us an international money order in US dollars.
What do I need to go WWOOFing?
– A great attitude, flexibility, and a sense of adventure
– Travel or medical insurance (encouraged)
– Transportation to and from the farm, unless otherwise arranged with a host
– Travel funds to and from the farm, and extra spending money
– Appropriate attire – boots, farming clothes, sun protection, hat, etc. Ask your host about any other suggestions.
– Identification such as passport or license
– Ask hosts about any specific items you may need for your visit with them.
I’m not 18 years old. Can I still WWOOF?
Not alone. Anyone under the age of 18 must travel with a parent or legal guardian (judge appointed) who is 18 years of age or older.
What do hosts expect from WWOOFers?
– Show up when expected
Hosts count on your arrival and probably turn away other WWOOFers in order to hold your spot. Please let hosts know as far in advance as possible if your plans have changed. If you are a ‘no-show’, hosts may leave negative comments on your profile page, and in the forums, which could negatively affect your ability to find future hosts.
– Fit into the lifestyles of hosts
– Participate and be interested in learning about organic agriculture
– Help out for the agreed upon time per day
– Assist with living chores (such as cooking and washing up)
– Don’t create more work for your host
– Be respectful and responsible
– If asked to leave early, it is your responsibility to do so. Likewise you may choose to leave early if the situation is not working out. Please let your host know if, and why, you are leaving.
What do WWOOFers expect of hosts?
– Basic accommodation and food. Before arrival, be clear about exactly what accommodations are available, as this varies greatly from farm to farm. If you have special dietary requirements (i.e. vegetarian, vegan, etc.) or specific allergies (i.e. to animals or weeds), check with your host that this is alright before you go.
– Host should work with WWOOFers at times and teach about organic farming. It is likely that you will have to work on your own a fair amount of the time. Many of the tasks may be mundane, but a lot of agricultural work is. Once again, check with hosts about what projects are available before going and throughout your visit.
– If for some reason the situation is not working for you, discuss it with your hosts and if a solution cannot be reached, you are under no obligation to stay. Any feedback to us would be appreciated.
Will WWOOF help me get a visa?
If you are traveling to the USA as a foreign national, please be aware that WWOOF-USA cannot help you obtain a visa. It may benefit you to secure your visa first, and then join WWOOF-USA.
Most WWOOFers enter the USA using a tourist visa; however, it is your responsibility to determine the correct visa for your visit. Please keep in mind that WWOOF is NOT paid work or volunteering. WWOOFing is an educational experience, and WWOOF members are guests of their hosts. The United States has extremely strict labor and immigration laws that prohibit foreign nationals from “working” or “volunteering” in the country without a work visa. Most international WWOOFers communicate their intentions to visit the USA to immigration officials and enter without any problems. However, if you say that you are coming to “volunteer or work on a farm” and you don’t have a work visa, immigration probably WILL NOT LET YOU ENTER THE USA. Additionally, please note that when entering the USA, you cannot enter as a “WWOOFer,” as the meaning of this may be misunderstood by immigration officials. If you say you are “WWOOFing” when you enter the USA (especially from the Canadian border), you will most likely be turned away and not allowed to enter the country. Please take this into consideration and plan your visit to the USA accordingly. If you are traveling from another country, please be aware of this important distinction: as a WWOOFer, you are a TOURIST, NOT a WORKER or VOLUNTEER. Please understand the laws and clearly communicate your intentions when you enter the country. WWOOF-USA is not responsible for any problems you may experience with immigration.
Does WWOOF offer any type of insurance?
WWOOFers are automatically enrolled in WWOOF-USA’s Accident Insurance Policy, which covers WWOOFers for most accidents that could occur while WWOOFing at a host farm. Please note, this policy does not include insurance for illness or other medical issues. We encourage all participants to purchase travel medical insurance in case of illness or other unexpected travel issues. We partner with and recommend Volunteer Card. Hosts may ask to see proof of medical insurance when WWOOFers arrive, if desired. Additionally, most hosts have some types of coverage in their homeowner’s policy, however we are not experts on insurance, so we can’t give you advice. When you sign up for WWOOF-USA®, you assume responsibility for any risks.
Once I am a WWOOF-USA member, can I use my membership all over the world?
No, all national WWOOF organizations are independent and you need to join each one separately. Please visit wwoof.net for information on other WWOOF groups around the world.
Does WWOOF-USA include Hawaii?
Yes, when you join WWOOF-USA, you gain access to all US hosts, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
What is a “One Day (local)” visit?
This option is a way for local WWOOFers to help out on nearby farms for the day. For this option, most hosts provide a meal, but no accommodations. Please read host profiles for individual details, and contact the host for more information and scheduling. This is a great way to visit a farm in your neighborhood, meet local farmers, and connect with your farm community.
What is a verified farm?
To ensure the WWOOFing experience is mutually productive and positive for hosts and WWOOFers, WWOOF-USA launched the Verification Program in winter 2017. The goal is for all hosts to be visited by a representative of WWOOF-USA to verify that WWOOF’s guidelines are being met and that the host provides an educational experience in a safe and comfortable environment for visiting WWOOFers. Once a farm has been verified, the host will receive a searchable “WWOOF-verified” badge on the website.
If a farm is listed as verified, this means that a WWOOF-USA representative visited the farm in person and confirmed that the host is following these five requirements:
1. Practicing organic or sustainable growing methods
2. Providing an educational experience and sharing knowledge with WWOOFers
3. Providing adequate food for three meals per day
4. Providing suitable and sanitary living accommodations
5. Asking WWOOFers to help for a maximum of half a day (between 4-6 hours), 5.5 days per week
If you have questions about obtaining verification for your farm, please contact us.
Can I bring my children with me?
Sometimes. A lot of the farms welcome children, especially if they have children themselves. To find farms that are kid friendly, click the children option under the “Children + Pets” search filter on the Our Farms page (see image below).
Always check with the host first, and if you have young children who need a lot of your attention, please discuss this with your host. Farms can be dangerous places, and accommodation can be limited- parents should be willing to take total responsibility for the safety of their children.
Can I share an account and profile?
Yes. There is an option to register as a couple for a discounted membership fee. Each individual must use their legal name when registering so that hosts can ask for identification, and so that you are covered by the WWOOF Accident Insurance Policy. Please only use this option if you will be WWOOFing together for the whole membership. Names on the account cannot be changed or removed. If you will not be WWOOFing together for the full year, or have more than two people in your party, we recommend that each person sign up for their own account.
The only other allowance of a shared account is when minors wish to WWOOF with their parent or legal guardian.
Not properly registering everyone in your party can be cause for membership revocation.
Can I change the name on my profile?
First and last names that match your official forms of identification are required and will exist as permanent parts of your account. Hosts may request to see proof of identification when you arrive. Membership may be revoked if identification does not match your WWOOF profile.
Is there a discounted membership for a couple WWOOFing together?
Yes, you can register as a couple for a discounted fee of $65.
The couples account will ask for a primary account name and email address and the partner name. Each person is required to use their full legal name for safety and security reasons, and to show their identification to hosts upon arrival. Only registered members are covered by our Accident Insurance Policy. Please only select this option if you will be WWOOFing together for the entire membership. If you will not be WWOOFing together the whole time, or there are more than two people in your party, we recommend signing up for individual memberships. Names on couples memberships cannot be changed, added or removed.
Sharing your account information with non-registered members can be cause for membership revocation.
How many hours a day am I expected to WWOOF?
The hours depend a great deal on the projects needing to be done. We say that you should spend about half a day, or 4 – 6 hours, 5.5 days a week, but this needs to be flexible.
During a harvest, for example, you may end up helping out for longer hours, but you should be given extra days off at the end to make up for this. Once again, good communication with your host before and at the beginning of your stay can prevent many misunderstandings.
Do I need to be able to speak English?
Many hosts speak other languages in addition to English, and you can filter the online farm directory by which additional languages they speak (see image below). We recommend you do not go to a farm where hosts speak only English if you can’t speak it; this leads to misunderstandings and confusion. If you wish to learn English, choose a farm where they speak some of the language you speak and ask if they could speak English to you – many of our hosts appreciate the cultural exchange of practicing a language with WWOOFers.
What does ‘Response Rate’ mean on profiles?
Response Rate: The response rate is the percentage of all messages received that have been responded to. Only the first reply is used to calculate response rates; subsequent threads in the conversation are not used in this calculation.
Response Time: The response time is the average amount of time that elapses between a new received message and the first reply to that conversation.
There is a 48-hour window in which to reply to any new conversation before that conversation will calculated into a response rate.
Why is my response rate low? If you wish to increase your response rate, reply to each message in your inbox. 🙂
What does ‘Temporary Hold’ mean on host profiles?
If a host wants to keep their profile visible in the directory but they are not in a position to host WWOOFers, they can put their account into an ‘Inactive’ status.
Members will not be able to send a new message to this host farm, but if they had already been messaging with the farm, they will be able to see and respond to message from their online inbox.
A host farm can select the Inactive status from the Edit panel of their profile at any time.
I’ve sent out several emails and haven’t heard back from any hosts. Why? Where can I check my messages?
All message responses will come directly to your online inbox located in the dropdown menu once you are logged in to your account. You will receive a copy of the message in your email (the address you entered upon registration), but you will need to log in to your account to reply. Once you receive a message from a host or WWOOFer in your inbox, you can respond to it using the orange ‘reply’ arrow in your inbox.
Here are a few tips for messaging host farmers . . .
1. Make sure your initial communication with the host is personal and considerate, showing that you read over their farm profile carefully. Include details about yourself, why you are WWOOFing, and why you chose to contact that particular host. We strongly discourage sending mass or generic emails to hosts, as hosts will likely recognize this as impersonal, and may choose not to respond.
2. Hosts check WWOOFer profiles and are more likely to respond to those who have detailed and complete profile pages. Please make sure to complete your WWOOFer profile and check back frequently to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date, and ask hosts you have met to leave comments and feedback on your profile.
3. If it has been a few days and the farmer indicated that he or she is actively looking for WWOOFers, follow up with a second telephone call or message. You can visit your inbox to see your sent message and reply directly to the host from that conversation. Persistence pays off and shows the host that you are genuinely interested in visiting the farm.
How do I leave a review?
All profiles contain a ‘Reviews and Ratings’ section where WWOOFers and hosts are encouraged to write about their WWOOF experiences.
To leave a review:
1. Log in to your account,
2. Go to the other WWOOF member’s profile,
3. Click either ‘I’ve WWOOFed Here’ or ‘I’ve Hosted this WWOOFer’ (depending on if you are a WWOOFer or host).
4. That button will then become ‘Leave Review’.
You will have the opportunity to select a star rating and the dates of the visit (both required) and leave both public and private feedback (both optional) for the WWOOF member – this will help future WWOOF members have some insight into visiting or hosting that person.
-> Please note: Reviews are not published to either profile until both the WWOOFer and host have submitted reviews, OR until after the two week review period has passed. This allows for members to leave a review without the other party reading it until they have also left you a review, or until the review period closes for both parties in two weeks. You will receive reminder notices to leave a review before the end of the review period. All comments are reviewed by our office before they are published to profiles to make sure they comply with our Comment Policy. We encourage you to read through this policy below before leaving comments. You may also post a public reply to any review left on your profile.
What is WWOOF’s comment policy?
WWOOF-USA invites and encourages all WWOOFers and host farmers to submit reviews regarding their experiences. Our organization operates largely on trust, as well as open, honest, and clear communication. We ask for reviews that are helpful to both the recipient and to the wider WWOOF community. Submitting reviews is an opportunity to build your reputation within WWOOF and strengthen the community by sharing your experiences.
We ask that your reviews focus on your experience either as a WWOOFer or a host in regards to this organization’s guidelines.
– Stick to the facts
– Avoid sharing personal opinions or 3rd party information
– Be polite
Remember this is a two-way public forum. Write the way you would speak at an open meeting. We welcome clear, truthful, and respectful communication.
WWOOF-USA does not permit comments that contain personal attacks or insults, profanity, inappropriate or unrelated content, hate speech, sexual references, intentionally inflammatory rhetoric, or defamation (including libel).
If you find a review offensive or believe it violates this policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not contact the member who has left the review – disputes should be handled through WWOOF-USA only. If we are notified that a commenter has been contacted or harassed following a comment, your membership could be suspended.
If a comment is called into question, it will be suspended pending review by the WWOOF Comment Review Board. This Board is comprised of one host, one WWOOFer, and the WWOOF-USA board president. WWOOF-USA does not remove reviews without informing both parties involved. We reserve the right to remove any comments that do not follow this policy.
What do I do if I feel a comment left on my profile is inappropriate?
WWOOF-USA’s policy is to review any posted comments that may be inappropriate on our website. Once we are notified of a potentially inappropriate comment, we ask for further explanation from both sides, and suspend the comment for review. The Comment Review Board is composed of one impartial WWOOFer, one impartial host, and one member of our Board of Directors. These three parties will examine the original comment and response, and make a decision regarding the posting of the comment on the profile. If the Review Board does not approve the comment, the commenter is welcome to repost a revised comment. Please review our Comment Policy (above) for details on what types of online comments are considered appropriate, and our Negative Review Policy (below) for more information on how we deal with multiple complaints related to the same member.
How do I file a complaint about a host or WWOOFer?
You are welcome to leave a negative review directly on a host’s or WWOOFer’s profile page following the guidelines listed under ‘How do I leave a review?‘. Note: Please first read ‘What is WWOOF’s Comment Policy? to be sure your review is in compliance with that policy.
If you feel your experience was in violation of WWOOF’s membership guidelines, please submit a formal complaint directly to us by providing a written statement via email. If we receive a formal complaint, we will follow up with you directly, as well as follow up with the other party in order to try to improve the situation.
WWOOF operates largely on the honor system with members trusting one another to be respectful and to fulfill the mission of WWOOF. Because of this, we rely strongly on feedback from hosts and WWOOFers about their experiences through WWOOF, and takes complaints seriously. Members should feel comfortable reporting issues or concerns to WWOOF-USA. Any retaliatory attempts to contact or harass a member who submitted a complaint or negative review could result in membership revocation.
We have a “three strikes you are out” policy regarding formal complaints. If a host or WWOOFer receives three formal complaints from separate cases, it is our policy that they will be removed from the WWOOF-USA organization.
Zero Tolerance Policy
If we receive a complaint regarding any sort of verbal or physical abuse, assault, sexual or other harassment, discrimination, or any other form of threat to health and safety, we reserve the right to immediately suspend membership pending review and possibly permanently revoke membership.
What is WWOOF’s ‘No-Show’ Policy?
In the event that a WWOOFer does not arrive at the agreed upon time or date, a host may leave a 1-star, ‘no-show’ review on the WWOOFer’s profile. If WWOOF-USA gets reports of more than three ‘no-shows’, our policy is that WWOOFer membership will be revoked.
In order to minimize the occurrence of ‘no-shows’, we recommend that hosts be explicit in written invitations to visit with: 1) the date you expect a WWOOFer to arrive and 2) the method and frequency of communication you will use to keep in contact before the expected date of arrival. For example, many hosts make a plan with the WWOOFer to touch base a month or two before arrival, two weeks before, and one week before.
Another way to minimize ‘no-shows’ may be to use a Commitment Contract, signed by the host and WWOOFer. Please contact the WWOOF-USA office for a sample contract.
What is WWOOF’s policy on sex offenders and/or convicted felons?
WWOOF-USA does not knowingly allow sex offenders or convicted felons to participate in the WWOOF program, unless they apply to us prior to application. If we receive notification that a member is in violation of this policy, we reserve the right to revoke membership of any offenders immediately.
If a potential member feels that their circumstances warrant further consideration, we request they provide a written explanation to: email@example.com. This information will be reviewed by a committee with regard to the safety of our members. Failure to provide further explanation, falsification, or omission of data will result in denial of or revocation of membership.
Are hosts and WWOOFers pre-screened for my safety?
WWOOF-USA is a small organization, and unable to screen all host and volunteer applications. You are strongly encouraged to do your own background and reference checks prior to entering into any situation with strangers. There are many resources (some are free) on the internet to help investigate strangers. For example, the following sites are free websites where you can check the criminal status of a volunteer or host before meeting: http://www.homefacts.com/offenders.html or http://nsopw.gov. As with all WWOOF arrangements, be sure to have clear and open communication between all parties before finalizing arrangements. WWOOFing is an amazing opportunity to make new friends, but please take safety issues seriously and contact us immediately if you have any safety issues.
Please also use the online comments, ratings, and forums to share your experiences with other members. If there is a problem with a profile not being accurate or up to date, encourage the host or member to modify their profile, or let us know and we’ll get in touch with them. If you think a host or member is not appropriate for WWOOF, please let us know. We rely on member and host feedback to strengthen the WWOOF community.
What is WWOOF’s harassment policy?
Harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated by WWOOF-USA. All members, including hosts and WWOOFers, are expected and required to abide by this policy. Any reports of harassment between a host and WWOOFer will be investigated by WWOOF-USA, and may be cause for membership being revoked.
What is WWOOF’s discrimination policy?
WWOOF-USA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include membership application and provision of member (host or WWOOFer) profiles. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of WWOOF-USA, and require all hosts and WWOOFers to abide by this policy. Any reports of discrimination will be investigated by WWOOF-USA, and may be cause for membership being revoked.
What is WWOOF’s refund policy?
If you do not find a farm that is a suitable fit, we offer a full membership refund up to 30 days after registration. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that once your refund is issued, your account will be deactivated immediately.
Refunds are not issued to members found to be in violation of our membership agreement.
The intention of these conditions is that both parties have a full and mutual understanding between them for an enjoyable and fulfilling WWOOF experience.