I was in Australia for over two months and had contacted five different hosts for work. I run a side business as a carpenter, which allowed me to be more marketable to hosts, but also made their to-do lists much longer. A lot of the work included property maintenance, tending to gardens or livestock, and creative building projects. My favorite project and greatest achievement was building a winery for a host that ran an organic vineyard.
The epicenter of my stay was Adelaide, South Australia. The hosts that I stayed with were all very gracious, open-minded people who had a wealth of knowledge to share. They ranged from young farmers in the agriculture industry, to retired entrepreneurs and teachers. Through these hosts and my experiences, I learned a lot about permaculture and biodynamics. Some topics of interest included composting, organic gardening, raising livestock, and wine/beer making.
You are never too young or old to volunteer for a program like WWOOF. I met WWOOFer’s who ranged from 18 to 80, and each one had a burning passion to learn. The entire trip was an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Some of my achievements include seeing a goat birth twins, building a winery, and being featured in the South Australian Migration Museum exhibit. None of that mattered as much as the lifelong friendships and experiences I made with the hosts and amazing people along my journey.
Daniel Eggert is the Organic Brand Manager at Harris Seeds. He oversees the organic division which includes expanding the product line, contacting growers to ensure their success, helping with trial varieties, and expanding the brand presence within the organic community. Daniel is passionate about sustainability, becoming self-sufficient, and studying permaculture/biodynamic practices. He loves working at Harris Seeds and helping growers achieve success.