The cherries come in June. Blackberries in July. And yellow plums, with buzzing bees to gently swat away, in August. Yet for Marius and Cornelia Miclăuș, the warm months of spring and summer begin when strangers venture onto their green folds of land in the Carpathian Mountains of southwest Romania. Marius is a sort of house-whispering architect who ascribes emotions to sagging structures, reviving them brick by brick. Cornelia is a former economist from the Danube Delta who gets pleasure in baking and serving bread. “The happiness is so close, and we share it,” she says.
What are the most important current needs of young farmers in Europe? What are the existing exchange schemes for young people interested in farming, and how can these be improved?
WWOOF Romania is a program of Eco Ruralis. Eco Ruralis is a registered charity that supports traditional peasant farming in Romania. The association can be found in the National NGO Registry (charity number 8540/A/2009). Therefore, WWOOF Romania is protected as an official program with the Romanian Government through its association as a program of Eco Ruralis.
Who can become a WWOOF Romania volunteer?
Volunteers can be from anywhere, Romania or any other country. Generally, volunteers should be able to participate in physical labor and perform tasks such as harvesting, compost making, milking, fencing or feeding animals.
However, some farms also welcome WWOOFers who prefer doing non-farming tasks such as office work, childcare, website development and helping out at the farm shop.