Hello, my name is Rebecca. I am a wwoofer on the older side of the age spectrum from the usual wwoofer. I hope sharing my story will encourage others of semi-retirement or retirement age to join in the many efforts being made to support the move towards growing healthier food and a more sustainable way of living. All of this while enjoying an affordable way to travel on a shoestring budget.
Since it has been unseasonably hot we have been starting our work day at 7AM and ending at two, with breakfast and lunch thrown in. I have participated in weeding, mulching, composting, watering the plants currently planted, I have prepared seedlings in starter pots and planted row seeds for the winter garden. I have helped in the food forest, shoveled and moved wheel barrels full of wood chlps, building up a hugelkulture area. Helped move fencing to create a new feeding area for the goats. Harvested produce for our community meals and have picked scrumptious raspberries and blackberries. We made raspberry jam one afternoon. Quite good stuff! I have also visited the 3 bee hives on the property.....of course properly dressing for the occasion so that even though possibly 100 bees were flying around me, not a sting was to be had. Well, not exactly..............
On the 1st or second day of work at Songaia I was attempting to get a wheel barrel over a wood threshold while exiting a hoop house, I was summarily stung by several wasps, one time in the nose, of all places. Not to worry, I am fine.
I have enjoyed our alone time in a special place we each have picked. Our task is to simply observe and then report back what changes we have observed each week to the group. The ability to simply observe is a key practice needed to develop a successful permaculture environment.
Enough for now, more later........