New York, NY (PRWEB) August 13, 2013
On August 13, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, discusses the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) global initiative.
According to an August 4, 2013 article published by The News Tribune, entitled, “Ohio organic farms draw international volunteers,” a global movement, called the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), is bringing together a diverse group of people looking to take part in and learn more about the organic farming industry. The program, which consists of thousands of farms in fifty different countries, is an international network that “connects travelers with organic farmers who are willing to offer room and board in exchange for volunteer work on their land.”
WWOOF, originally founded in the United Kingdom in 1971, has had an impact globally as well as in the United States. There are currently 13,500 members at 1,600 farms across the country.
Michael Horst’s farm in West Toledo, one of the two organic farms in Ohio, attracted a number of “green-minded globetrotters” to his property. The diversity of his visitors has become a vital tool in keeping his farm well-rounded. He says he has learned gardening practices, “like the Native American tradition of interplanting corn, beans, and squash in the same mounds to enhance the soil’s fertility, expanding the crops on his land.”
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, sees a big benefit in WWOOF. “Organic farmers and enthusiasts are able to work together on farms all over the world. As these enthusiasts travel from farm to farm, they are able to share their knowledge and the tips they have learned, further increasing global awareness about the benefits of utilizing organic farming practices.”
Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.