Thankfully, at this point in my journey I found Gentle World, where they have been growing veganically for over 40 years. As I walked through their beautiful gardens, the vitality and health of the plants was evident. I saw that it was not only possible to sustain the fertility of the land without animal inputs, but it was also beneficial for the soil and the crops they were growing.
Since that day, I have continued to seek out new information about veganic farming practices and I have become a veganic grower myself. If you’re interested in learning more about these sustainable farming practices and supporting the growers that are using these methods, there are a number of organizations that can help. These include the different WWOOF networks, HelpX and Growfood among others, all of which provide volunteer and exchange opportunities worldwide. Although the number of veganic or stock-free farms listed is currently small, the movement is expanding.
After spending a year volunteering on different farms and subsequently helping to host volunteers as a grower, I’ve learned a lot about what makes a “good volunteer” and how to find the farm that is right for you. So here are some tips to help you do just that.
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