A Spring Valley resident was host to “trade” college students — of life, not faculty — this summer season by means of a Worldwide Alternatives on Natural Farms (WWOOF) program.
Nadia Hryskanich and Jaden Busching from Virginia Seashore, Virginia, served as short-term trade visitors of Spring Valley resident Bev Sandlin, constructing the backyard shed through which the pair would sleep that evening to make method for future guest-workers to have someplace to remain whereas taking part in WWOOF. The 2 have been lending their willingness to study and work in trade for Sandlin’s hospitality and the possibility to tour completely different elements of the US and even the world.
WWOOF’s mission assertion notes that it’s a part of a worldwide motion linking guests with natural farmers and growers to advertise cultural and academic experiences based mostly on belief and non-monetary trade, thereby serving to to construct a sustainable world neighborhood.
Sandlin was unaware that she certified as a WWOOF host till somebody she knew mentioned one thing to her about “WWOOFing,” the apply of staying with or internet hosting somebody who’s registered by means of this system. Whispering Winds, her little natural farm on the southwest fringe of Spring Valley, is an Airbnb, however she hadn’t any expertise with internet hosting short-term trade guests. When she logged onto the WWOOF web site, it defined there’s all kinds of hosts, together with people or households who’ve a chunk of land and want to domesticate their very own produce for themselves, in addition to communities the place every particular person makes use of abilities to make the collective as self-sufficient as doable.
Sandlin took a take a look at her large again yard, with its hills, pasture and the Spring Valley Creek meandering previous her gardens, and regarded what may come of assembly individuals who…