World Wide Organization of Organic Farmers (WWOOF) Volunteers
We currently have six WHOOF volunteers on campus. WWOOF is worldwide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.The“WWOOFers” spend about half of each day helping out on a farm, learn about organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and receive lodgingin the Academy 2nd floor during their stay.Our WWOOFers are volunteering on our campus at Island Harvest Food Bank Farm,the CSJ Garden Ministry, Thera Farm, and Napolitano Family Farm. This is an educational and cultural exchange program and hosts do not offer stipends or other monetary compensation to the volunteers (WWOOFers).
In June, you received an email introduction to our first three WWOOFers. We are very grateful that Aretha, Bonny, and Bunny extended their stay and continue to volunteer on our farms. This week we welcomed three new WWOOFers:
- Andy Leung is a 37-year-old man from Hong Kong. He is English and Math teacher in the primary grades in Hong Kong. He likes hiking and swimming. Andy is excited about his first trip to the U.
- Phillip Northington is a 31-year-old man from California. He has been working in musical theater for over ten years (five years in Manhattan). Phillip discovered a new love for farming and volunteered on four other farms during the past two years.
- Eric Goins is a 22-year-old man from Virginia. He is currently studying fine arts at The Cooper Union College in Manhattan. He is also an assistant teacher in art classes.
Karen Burke is coordinating the program and will continue to share a short introduction about each volunteer when they arrive.
Bunny joins Phillip and Andy for dinner in the lodging area.