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A Guide to Organic Volunteering

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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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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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11:10PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

mmm interesting!

7:02PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

thanks

12:32AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks

3:01PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

thx

7:21AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

thx.

6:01AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Very helpful and detailed.

6:30PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Thank you!

1:28AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Thank you!

2:23PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

thanks.

10:30AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Thank-you for the article! I had never heard of veganic growing before but the alternative sounds rather vile. I clearly have a lot to learn. I will also use your tips in my own life - both in my day job and in the local volunteering that I do on a regular basis. Most of these tips are transferrable to a variety of situations. I already try to leave feedback (negative at source so it can be dealt with efficiently, and positive in a more wide-spread fashion so others can enjoy similar experiences) in all aspects of my life, from sports to restaurants to movies.

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