We are fortunate to have volunteers to help with our garden and farm ministries in this busy growing season. Our farm volunteers are registered with the World Wide Organization of Organic Farmers (WWOOF). WWOOF is a worldwide effort to link volunteers with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.   Volunteers, or ‘WWOOFers’, spend about half of each day helping out on a farm, learn about organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and receive lodging during their visit. This is an educational and cultural exchange program and hosts do not offer stipends or other monetary compensation to the volunteers (WWOOFers). Learn more about WWOOF here: https://wwoofinternational.org/
Our first three WWOOF volunteers arrived on Saturday. Despite the wet weather, they have been working hard in assisting the Island Harvest Farm on our campus. Meet our volunteers!
Aretha Campbell was born in Jamaica and has dual citizenship in the USA. She is a social worker with her degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Aretha learned gardening techniques while in Jamaica and wants to enhance her knowledge of organic farming skills. She desires to use these skills to create and alternative farm experience for incarcerated adults.
Bonny Morlak was born in Germany and grew up on farms working with amazing women. He moved to Australia in 1996 in order to raise his sons near the beach. Bonny spent three years living off the land in the Australian rainforest. He recently started a tech company in NYC but still wants to spend time with nature.
Bunny Yan was born in China and now lives in the US. She has a great deal of energy and loves telling stories. Bunny is a leading expert in sustainability marketing. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and worked in fashion and marketing for the past fifteen years in China and the US.  She now works to find more sustainable solutions in the fashion industry.