Innovative European organic farm project to launch in Bantry

Posted on: 8th February, 2016

Category: Farming

Contributor: West Cork People

A network of ten European WWOOF organisations has developed a unique free online learning guide for the 30,000 or so young adults who volunteer each year to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings across Europe. This ­new and exciting online project named Living and Learning on Organic Farms (LLOOF) will be launched in Bantry on May 23, 2016. Guest speakers will include John and Sally McKenna, and Lord David Puttnam, although not able to be there in person, will speak in support of the project via a short film.

The Learning Guide focuses on the use of an interactive website that includes short educational video presentations showing working people with real experiences. Farm volunteering is a practical learning process in an informal situation, undertaken in a hands-on way. As many volunteers already produce short videos of their experiences on blogs or YouTube, it is a short step to ask for specifically tailored video interviews with their host farmer and short case studies from different countries, thus enabling host farmers to directly share their knowledge with many volunteers.

A key aim of the LLOOF project is to encourage and support new young entrants to farming. WWOOF – Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – is one of the largest and oldest exchange schemes for young farmers in Europe and has been continually expanding over the last 40 years. The LLOOF online learning guide will be free to anyone who wants to learn more about growing food organically and living more sustainably – an interactive extension to the hands-on practical experience of volunteering, supported by experienced host farmers. For examples of videos and more project information please go to www.edvorg.weebly.com.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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