I need to say that it is a wise choice I joined the 1 day trip on 27 April.
At first I didn’t expect anything but it turned out really interesting!
As a Hong Kong people, I always live in a place with all the buildings and constructed “parks” so I enjoyed working in a natural farm a lot!! Especially the work was not that hard actually 😛
The host was really nice too! If I have time, surely I will come back for more experience 😀
Thanks all the organizers who made such a great event!
This time Group WWOOF “GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY, EAT LOCAL” got lots of participants in perfect whether under the shiny sun. One of the teams worked on farms in Yangpyeong, by weeding, planting, and eating!
Weeding on wheat and potato field. Planting spring onion, cucumber, chyi(취; a fragrant edible wild aster), etc. Wash dish.
Very yummy seasonal food that you can hardly find at restaurants in Seoul. Pajeon, green onion pan cake after work!
We made grass whistle with the host. This is something you must learn on the ground with local people! Farmers know a lot!
After lunch time we heard interesting history of this area from the host:
This area turned into organic farming area after it was designated as greenbelt and water source protected zone for millions of residents around capital region in 1970’s. However, the lows and the reality have been conflicting for long time especially from the local farmers’ point of view. For example, a low makes it very difficult for some farmers to keep farming (with their family) because to build a new house is prohibited in this area. So, some farmers cannot live nearby farm. It is also banned to start a restaurant. Food business can be a great alternative way for farmers( and their family), but they cannot even open a farm restaurant with their organic productions. It was impressive that the host said the democracy is the majority vote, but who have been supporting the majority who live around metropolitan area? Farmers were always minority and busy and quiet in the society although they do not only produce what we eat but also keep environment circulate and preserve culture.
…WWOOF is a world-wide great opportunity to listen to important minorities.
The bright sunny skies welcomed all of us as we were all eager and ready to work. This time round, the participants were separated into three different groups as now we have three different farms to work on. In Byung Soo’s farm, the participants began by collecting the eggs from the chicken coops. Some were new to this but after a few tries, everyone were suited right away. Some participants even gotten the honor to see some of the hens laying eggs right in front of their eyes.
After finishing sorting out all the eggs, the host kindly prepared a korean drink called MiSutGaRu 미숫가루 to freshen us up as the day was getting hotter.
This time round, the participants also got the chance to visit the strawberry farm. Participants happily tasted fresh organic red strawberries as well as sharpening their skills in picking the ripe ones.
Some grass shedding for the chickens and some moving work.
For slow food our menu was BiBimGukSu to combat the heat wave. Participants also got the chance to share their stories with the hosts and learned more about organic farming.
Don’t miss your chance and register for next round of group wwoofing. We hope to see you there and get to know your stories as well!
Till next time ;D
We had orientation with group supporters(volunteer leaders) on April 6.
After working on veggie and chicken farms, we had fabulous lunch, treated by a host at a local restaurant (you will not go to restaurant when Group WWOOFing. It is exceptional!). Then after afternoon work we had a lecture about situation of agriculture in Korea and why Slow Food is important. We are happy to have very nice friendly supporters, who we expect will spread WWOOF and Slow Food in Korea from now on!!!
▲Rain gear is very precious when it rains.