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Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) as part of the existing care economy in Canada

Lans, Cheryl (2016): Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) as part of the existing care economy in Canada. Published in: Geoforum , Vol. 75, No. 4 (October 2016): pp. 16-19.

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Abstract

This review paper discusses the program called Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), in North America, as an example of a subset of the care economy in which volunteers contribute to farm care. Human care is partly direct (some childcare, kitchen duties and other housework), but mostly indirect, in that farm families get time off. This review expands on previous work that considered farms in Ontario, Canada as spaces of care and farmwomen as the carers. It critiques other research that claims WWOOFers do not replace local labor and that WWOOF represents an idealistic and ethical space potentially corrupted by tourists.

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