Online guide to living and learning on organic farms

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Posted on: 10th May, 2016

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

An online learning guide to Living and Learning on Organic Farms (LLOOF) will be launched by World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF Ireland) at Organico in Bantry on May 23.

LLOOF is a new, innovative, online interactive learning guide, which will teach adults about organic farming, rural business and cultural exchange on farms. The presentation will be attended by, among others, Sue Coppard, founder of the WWOOF movement in 1971, John and Sally McKenna, of the Bridgestone Guide, and is supported by the award-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam, Digital Champion for Ireland, who is both a believer in, and practitioner of, online learning through his educational charity ‘Atticus’.

LLOOF delivers a series of courses online that include both written information and short educational video presentations. David Puttnam has made a short film endorsing LLOOF in which he says, “Climate change is without a doubt the biggest challenge that mankind has ever faced… The idea of an online presence, through LLOOF, that is able to get the message across, and to encourage people with practical ways of making their lives more sustainable… this is really, really good news. I think this is an initiative that is worth everyone’s support.”

Uniquely funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ scheme to 10 partner countries, LLOOF is a platform for the vast knowledge that exists amongst Host members of the WWOOF network, and the content is produced through collaboration between experienced host farmers and young people and others volunteering. WWOOF Ireland is working hard to contribute to the project’s success, and as Director Annie King explains, “WWOOFing is a wonderful opportunity for cooperative living and learning. It provides young people with the chance to experience other cultures and ways of life while giving practical assistance to producers of organic food. And of course, it is also great fun and often a life-changing experience! The LLOOF online learning guide complements this learning by providing additional learning online, which is an ideal medium for young people who are travelling with their mobile devices.”

WWOOF Hosts, volunteers, and others with relevant expert knowledge are encouraged to contribute two to three minute video tutorials to the learning guide. Support and guidance is on the LLOOF promotional website edvorg.weebly.com whilst examples of existing video tutorials can be seen on the LLOOF You Tube Channel.

For more information about the launch day or contributing videos please email info@wwoof.ie.

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