|Here's a bed the wwoofers and Mark have been working on. A no-dig bed for corn and beans, and zucchini|
Feeding them and organising and supervising is a big thing. The ones who stay a while get to know the place really well and can be left to get on with it on their own, so it takes the pressure off us a little in that regard. And food , well it's just a matter of being organised. I make big meals not necessarily more and so I shouldn't really have to be in the kitchen all that much more. We feed them lots of rice, and pasta dishes, stews and soups, curries etc. Baking for morning teas can be more time consuming but if they are able to do some of my farm work then it can be of benefit for me to be in the kitchen. Lunch is usually home made bread and cheese and that seems to fill them up.
We have learnt a lot since first taking on wwoofers, and things have evolved to fit in better with our lifestyle. For instance I provide the food but the wwoofers have to get their own breakfast, that leaves Mark and I to have breakfast on our own and sort our day out. All other meals they have with us. They have to clean the wwoofers room and the bathroom before they leave. Smokers are allowed but they have to confine themselves to one area of the farm where I've set up a table and chairs for their use. And there are many more things that we have implemented because they suit us that may not be found on other places. We provide pushbikes so they can go for a ride to the shops or internet cafe.We have left wwoofers in charge while we have gone away for a few days break.
And no matter how good they are sometimes it's just so good to be here on the farm by ourselves when they leave.