I am sitting in my hotel room in Los Angeles, California. I have a long list of paper work that is not really paper work it is all done on the computer but you know what I mean.
First order of the day for us is to write the questionnaire for potential woofers. Young women and men are already starting to get in touch to organise the farms that they want to work on this summer. This year i thought I would send them a list of questions so I can get a better handle on what they want AND they will get a better idea of what I want.
I thought you might like to have a read and let me know your thoughts. As a member of the Fellowship you will be watching these young people arrive and following them as they discover Our Farm.
The first draft is below.
Keep in mind that I am taking bookings right now for this coming summer for The Coop. If you want to come out for a week or even a few days as a guest in The Coop do book ahead. I would love to have you. Pop into the Opportunities page for an update.
I hope you have a lovely day. I fly out at 9pm tonight for Auckland, New Zealand, then catch another plane to Wellington, there I will be picked up by the bride and after a shower and a change we will be catching the ferry out to Somes Island for a picnic with a few of her other girlfriends. Then a dinner in town. So Camera house and I will hit the ground running! I have been water loading for three days now, getting my body absolutely hydrated for the long journey. I really, really do not have time to be jet lagged this time.
The wedding is just over a week away! Lots to do! Lots to eat. Lots of champagne!
I hope you all have a lovely day.
Your friend in transit
OK here is the questionnaire.
Welcome potential toilers on The Farmy. Our place is small, divided between two barns that are 10 minutes walk apart and very busy in the summer with cows, calves, (milk cows and beef cows) pigs and piglets, (Kunekune and Hereford) chickens both broilers and layers, (everything on pasture) big gardens for both vegetables and flowers. My routine is diverse and fast moving, so I like to get a jump start on getting to know you so that we can both get the best from this experience.
Many jobs on the farm are deeply satisfying, like cleaning the winter out of the barn, washing out and refilling all the water troughs on a hot day, planting and weeding and watering the gardens. Cleaning out the milking shed, making cheese and butter, then baking bread and eating it ALL! Watching calves being born and little piglets grow. Making soap or picking for herbal oils. Just to mention a few. But often this work is hard physically. Hard in short bursts. Many young people cannot keep up with me. I want to know if you can.
First I expect you to work three hours every morning, with a break for breakfast. The list of work for the day will be on the board in the Cloak Room. Then in the afternoons after your siesta – a couple of hours on the jobs you choose from the list (which may be housework or cooking, or brushing dogs, or weeding, or carpentry, prepping dinner, organizing the barn, maintenance on the barns, shifting electric fences), then later another hour or so on evening chores or dinner prep. So you will have two good long breaks every day to do your own reading or sleeping under a tree. You only need to work five days, leaving any two days, to explore the area. Chicago is just over an hours drive away or you can join Route 66 in 30 minutes.
You will need to supply me with a copy of some form of official ID before you arrive.
Read through the questions, answer the pertinent points, in another colour, and let me know if you think we are a match.