James Dennis's blog

Why WWOOF???

A really lovely video featuring the voices (and faces) of the coordinators of various european WWOOF organisations taken during a recent meeting hosted in Portugal.



The new CAP deal - A round up of news from The UK Food Group

The UK Food Group (UKFG) is the principal UK network for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on global food and agriculture issues. Our vision is a world with a more just, sustainable and fairer food system in which hunger has been eradicated, equity realised and the environment restored.


The EU reached a compromise deal on CAP yesterday. Below some immediate civil society reactions, along with the official summaries from the EU and a few links to media articles.


Interesting job offer for a plantsperson in South Buckinghamshire


Hazeldene Farm rear native rare breed stock to produce the high quality meat avilable from their farm shop.

Run by Liz and Steve Bateman, the farm is situated in an idyllic setting on the edge of Chesham in Asheridge Vale.

The farm is run on organic principles, all the animals are well cared for and visitors are invited to take a look around the farm and meet the animals.

We run many events at the farm with guided tours so come and join us.

Our web-site is www.hazeldenefarm.com



Article in the Guardian newspaper about La Via Campesina UK


"Britain's new 'peasants' down on the farm -

A determined generation of young smallholders hope to reclaim the British countryside from the grip of corporate food giants".  If that first line grabs your attention then you may like to read the rest of the article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/16/peasants-revolt-to-cha...



News from the Land Workers Alliance (La Via Campesina UK)

This from a recent mail out from the Land Workers Alliance (La Via Campesina UK)

An AGM in the Canary Islands

After our meeting at Ruskin Mill, three members went to the AGM of the European co-ordination of La Via Campesina (ECVC). ECVC represents 28 producer-led organisations from Europe and is the regional co-ordinating forum for La Via Campesina. They run an office in Brussels and work to keep members informed of what is happening the corridors of the EU while representing their interests in lobbying and advocacy.


A really nice blog entry from a young woman new to WWOOFing

I have a 'google alert' for when WWOOF gets a mention on the internet which comes up with all sorts of marvelous things, this time it came up with this blog from a young American woman living in Paris and going out WWOOFing for the first time and I think it is a really heartening and realistic report.  Here is a link to two of her posts -

About her first trip - https://sweetmaddy.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/wwoofing-in-france-le-jardin...

An Introduction - https://sweetmaddy.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/wwoofing-in-france-introduct...