WWOOF-UK Website Links

Type URL – Address Title Description/information
WWOOF The Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO) Aims to unite, promote,protect and support the WWOOF movement around the world. Launched on 1st May 2013 this site is the new, official website for FoWO and promotes the WWOOF movement and provides general information about WWOOF organisations world-wide. FoWO  was founded as a way for WWOOF organisations to come together and share common responsibilities including the management of this website, WWOOF in countries without a national WWOOF organisation as yet and trademarking issues .
video Dirt! The Movie Narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.
video Home – The movie Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our home. This is the first film that has been made using aerial-only footage.
video No Impact Man Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.
video Transition 2 – the film The latest full length film about the Transition movement. It's an amazing story about how Transition groups around the world are responding to the challenges of depleting and costly energy resources, financial instability and environmental change.
Travel Liftshare Find a car-share to reduce the cost and impact of your journey
Travel National Express UK coach travel
Travel Servas Britain A voluntary host and travel organisation, run by its members, it is a non-governmental peace association which has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Travel Sustrans Cycle routes and information
Travel Trainline UK rail journey planner
Travel Traveline UK public transport planner
Publications A Decade of EU-funded, low input and organic agriculture research (2000- 2012) European Commission, 2012. A key report with comprehensive evidence in support of low input agroecology – a key influence on Article 23 of the new Rural Development Regulation 1305/2013
Publications Care farming: Defining the ‘offer’ in England A comprehensive review of care farming in the UK, Natural England, 2014. Care farms provide health, social and educational care services through supervised, structured programmes of farming-related activities for a wide range of people, including those with learning and mental disabilities, as well as vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Care farming is a commitment within the White Paper which Natural England supports through the Higher Level Stewardship Educational Access option.
Publications Community Garden Starter Pack An introduction to setting up a community garden
Publications Country Garden & Smallholding magazine The UK's small farming publication and the oldest organic magazine in Britain
Publications Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming Produces a series of papers on organic farming
Publications Food Co-ops Toolkit A simple guide to setting up food co-ops
Publications Food, Riot and Rights Describes the struggle social movements have carried out in the last decades to achieve food sovereignty. By Luca Colombo and Antonio Onorati, IIED, 2013.
Publications Green Economics An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice by Molly Scott Cato, Earthscan, 2009
Publications Home grown community owned Series of free downloadable information sheets on organic farming
Publications International Year of the Soils 2015 Year of soils calendar 2015
Publications Local Harvest – A Multi-Farm CSA Handbook, A US handbook on community-supported agriculture, 2010
Publications Principles of organic farming - Renewing the Earth´s harvest 180 page publication, based on farming in India but widely relevant.
Publications Soil and Health Library A huge site with free downloadable out-of-print books on sustainable agriculture.
Publications Space for Food Growing: Guide Guide to setting up a community food growing project.12pp. Department for Communities and Local Government, 2012
Publications The Accidental smallholder Provides help, support and advice for smallholders and aspiring smallholders
Publications The Land Magazine An occasional magazine about land rights
Publications Tho-Foo- Thoughts for Food A series of low cost, easily prepared and sustainable recipes gathered by an international sustainable voluntary service which is supported by the UN.
Publications Wake up before it is too late Making agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate, UN Conference on Trade and Development, 2013
Publications Wikipedia Collaboratively written and reviewed articles with links about sustainable agriculture, agroecology etc.
Publications You too can be a seed saver A Guide to seed saving, Navdanya. Describing some of the politics and economics behind seed saving.
Organisations Slow Food UK A global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. It promotes the enjoyment and protection of locally-produced food products and regional cooking. It was founded in 1989 in Italy.
Organisations Agroforestry Research Trust A non-profit making charity which researches into temperate agroforestry and into all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.
Organisations Care farming UK The UK network for Care farming which is the therapeutic use of farming practices. Care farms utilise the whole or part of a farm, provide health, social or educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people, provide a supervised, structured programme of farming-related activities.
Organisations Centre for Alternative Technology An education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. It covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. The site is a practical demonstration centre, a living laboratory with an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions.
Organisations Chapter 7 A planning consultancy with experience working with smallholders and ecological projects. The Planning Office of The Land is Ours Campaign, campaigns for a planning system which actively encourages sustainable, low impact and affordable homes. It gives planning advice to people seeking to/or already embarking upon living on the land, engaged in land-based livelihoods.
Organisations Community Land Advisory Service An impartial, collaborative service aiming to increase community access to land across the UK. It helps communities and land managers gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues.
Organisations Diggers & Dreamers A not-for-profit collective whose aims are to dispel the myth that communes came and went with the 1960's, and to bring the idea of communal living to the attention of more people. It publishes articles as well as directories, and has started to publish a series of themed reviews, the first of which is on Cohousing in the UK.
Organisations Earth Open Source Institute The institute’s scientists are collaborating with respected researchers from leading international research organizations to investigate the potential harm to human health from GMOs and Pesticides.
Organisations Ecological Land Coop Buys land and leases it for small-scale ecological production. Produces links to UK agroecology research papers.
Organisations Ethical Consumer Magazine An independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership with the aim to make global business more sustainable through consumer pressure.
Organisations European Union Has a comprehensive homepage on organic farming and related current EU legislation and issues
Organisations Farm Woodland Forum Aims to facilitate the generation and exchange of information that supports best practice in and improves opportunities for farming with trees.
Organisations Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens It supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms and gardens across the UK.
Organisations Garden Organic The UK's main organic gardening charity with the belief that organic growing is essential for a healthy and sustainable world. Through campaigning, advice, community work and research, the aim is to get everyone growing ‘the organic way’. It was formerly called the Henry Doubleday Research Association.
Organisations IFOAM EU The European umbrella organisation for organic food and farming. It fights for the adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems based on the principles of organic agriculture – health, ecology, fairness and care. With more than 160 member organisations their work spans the entire organic food chain and beyond: from farmers and processors, retailers, certifiers, consultants, traders and researchers to environmental and consumer advocacy bodies.
Organisations Landworkers Alliance A producer-led organisation of small-scale producers and family farmers who use sustainable methods to produce food, fuel, fibre and flowers. It raises awareness of the role that our members play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.
Organisations Low-Impact Living Initiative It aims to help protect the global environment by promoting sustainable alternatives to many aspects of everyday life. It organises courses, free factsheets, books, magazines, articles, advice, products and services, links to useful websites, step-by-step guides in 200+ topics.
Organisations Natural Homes A not-for-profit organisation that redresses the marketing balance between sustainable and unsustainable businesses by providing environmentally ethical, but often less profitable, natural builders, crafts people and environmental organisations with free access to a mainstream audience.
Organisations Nourish Scotland Reconnects producers, growers, retailers, consumers and all who care for local, sustainable food in Scotland. Aims to create a stronger food culture to make healthy, local, seasonal, and organic food available everywhere in Scotland.
Organisations One Straw Revolution Based on a best-selling book that described Mr. Fukuoka's life journey, his philosophy, and natural farming techniques.
Organisations Organic Europe European section of the Organic World website, including statistics and country information
Organisations Organic Growers Alliance A membership-based organisation supporting organic horticulture throughout the UK.
Organisations Pesticide Action Network Provides information on health effects of pesticides, news, campaigns and projects.
Organisations Plants for a Future A resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants. The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, as an integral part of designs involving high species diversity and permaculture principles focusing on approaches such as woodland/forest gardening that use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious ecosystem and cause the least possible damage to the environment, while still having the potential to achieve high productivity.
Organisations Practical Action An international non-governmental organisation that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Through technology they enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions.
Organisations Research Institute for Organic Agriculture An independent, non-profit, research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture. It’s research team works together with farmers to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts. Alongside practical research, it gives high priority to transferring knowledge into agricultural practice through advisory work, training and conferences.
Organisations Resilience A programme of Post Carbon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the world transition away from fossil fuels and build sustainable, resilient communities.
Organisations Scottish Crofters Association The only member-led organisation dedicated to promoting crofting. It is the largest association of small scale food producers in the UK with the aim to safeguard and promote the rights, livelihoods and culture of crofters and their communities.
Organisations Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Key US site on sustainable agriculture and education with courses, downloadable factsheets and books etc.
Organisations Sustainable Food Trust A global voice for sustainable food and health aiming to enable all farmers, scientists, citizens and policy-makers to transition towards systems of food production that don’t do damage to the environment, or our health.
Organisations The Alliance for Better Food and Farming Advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.
Organisations The Biodynamic Association Aims to support, promote and develop the biodynamic approach to farming, gardening and forestry. This unique form of organic growing seeks to improve the nutritional value of food and the sustainability of land by nurturing the vitality of the soil through the practical application of a holistic and spiritual understanding of nature and the human being. Has a Diploma in Sustainable Agricultural Management.
Organisations The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Aims to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, non-exploitative, and that serve as a foundation for future generations.
Organisations The Ecological Land Co-operative Provides affordable opportunities for ecological land-based businesses in the UK. We support rural regeneration by developing affordable sites for farming, forestry and other rural enterprises which are viable and ecologically beneficial.
Organisations The Farming Community Network Provides a helpline to anyone in the farming community to listen and respond confidentially and quickly to requests for help, staffed by volunteers with experience of farming and pastoral understanding, and offering support to resolve any situation.
Organisations The Fellowship for Intentional Community Aims to promote a global cooperative culture through intential communities.
Organisations The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems The centre, founded in 2008, is an expansion of the former Danish Agricultural Research Centre for Organic Farming. It produces a series of simple factsheets.
Organisations The Land Institute Aims to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops. It researches publishes and promotes Natural Systems Agriculture.
Organisations The Organic Consumers Association Campaigns for health, justice, and sustainability. It deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, fair trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. It is the only US organisation focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's organic and socially responsible consumers.
Organisations The Organic Research Centre The UK’s leading independent research centre for the development of organic/agroecological food production and land management solutions to key global issues including climate change, soil and biodiversity conservation, and food security.
Organisations The Organic Research Centres Alliance (ORCA) Aims to internationally network and strengthen existing institutions with scientific credentials and empower them to become centres of excellence in transdisciplinary organic agriculture research.
Organisations The Permaculture Association The national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture. It aims to make a better world for all using nature as our inspiration.
Organisations The Soil Association The UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Promotes sustainable, low-carbon, organic farming. Was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health. It has over 150 staff based in Bristol and Edinburgh and working as certification inspectors across the country
Organisations The World Agroforestry Centre The Centre, based in Kenya, aims to rural transformation in the developing world as smallholder households strategically increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.
Networks ARC2020 Agriculture and Rural Convention A platform of organisations working together for good food, good farming and better rural policies in the EU. Just published Transitioning Towards Agroecology.
Networks Global Ecovillage Network Aims to exchange information among the thousands of projects across the world that are building and living in small intentional and traditional communities in harmony with nature, as well as information dissemination to the larger world. GEN does this with seminars, newsletters, educational programs at many ecovillages, and an active website with easily accessible contact addresses of members, resource lists, and links to related activities.
Networks Nyeleni Newsletter The international Nyéléni newsletter is the voice of the international movement for Food Sovereignty. It aims to provide accessible material on key issues and create a space for individuals and organisations to exchange their experiences and share information.
Networks Organic Growers Alliance Aims to represent the interests of organic growers in the UK generally where those interests are influenced or affected.
Networks Permanent Culture Now Radical news, links, and films covering permaculture, transition etc
Networks Slow Food Youth Network Aims to make youth familiar with Slow Food's philosophy that says that all food should be Good, Clean and Fair
Networks TakingITglobal One of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.
Networks The Community Composting Network The UK-wide organisation that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals which are involved in producing compost from green/food waste and using it in their local communities.
Networks The European Network of Organic Agriculture Students A network created by organic students for organic students - Wants to enable 'organic' students from different European countries, to get in contact with each other, Wants to promote organic agriculture as a valid alternative, Organizes every summer a meeting, somewhere in Europe, where they meet, visit and discuss: Our first focus in on Europe.
Networks The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements The global network that unites people globally for the purpose of promoting organic agriculture
Networks The Transnational Institute – Agrarian Justice programme The Transnational Institute (TNI) of Policy Studies envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry. It carries out radical informed analysis on critical global issues, builds alliances with social movements and develops proposals for a more sustainable, just and democratic world.
Networks Transition Network A charitable organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. We run events, conferences, trainings, blogs, webinars. It produce monthly newsletters, books, films, guides, tweets, and more, all with the intention of best supporting those around the world who are doing Transition.
Networks UK Food Group The principal UK network for NGOs working on global food and agriculture issues. It's 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.
Networks URGENCI Network Growing global network on community-supported agriculture, based in south of France
Networks World Permaculture Network Set up by the Permaculture Research Institute
Jobs Countryside Jobs Service Jobs and volunteering opportunities in the environmental sector. Ii is an ethical small business publishing free and low cost information to promote countryside careers in the UK environmental conservation worldwide.
Jobs EnvironmentJob With hundreds of advertisers and 57,000 subscribers, it is the UK’s busiest environmental job site. 
Jobs Jobs in the conservation sector A specialist job board that focuses on jobs and careers in the sector both in the United Kingdom and globally. Each month hundreds of job postings are made across a variety of sectors, including campaigning jobs, management jobs, officer jobs, science jobs, ecologist jobs and wildlife jobs.
Education Biodynamic Agricultural College Based at Emerson College, Sussex, for accredited courses in biodynamic farming and biodynamic gardening
Education EcoJob-AP - Training on European standards for ecological agricultural production The aim of this Handbook is to present the necessary competences for realization of the professional qualification. The on-line training course (Internet based) contributes in addition to realize transparency of the transfer of professional qualification of the presented EcoJob AP. The whole text content of the modules is presented on the website
Education Ethical Consumer article on Syngenta Syngenta is one of the largest pesticide manufacturing companies in the world. In its lobbying against bans on their bee-unfriendly neonicotinoids, it appears to have gone to war against bees, science and democracy. Ethical Consumer explores the issues and asks what the consumer can do.
Education GRACE Communications Foundation Aims to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public health issues created by our current food systems, and to promote a more sustainable future
Education Learning for Sustainability An online course with many downloadable files, coordinated by SustEd - Sustainability Education
Education Market Gardening A start-up guide
Education Master Composter Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement
Education Open Permaculture School Free online permaculture design course
Education Soil Association Organic Farm School An opportunity for young adults to learn practical skills of organic farming
Education Starw Bale Central Comprehensively describes a wide range of natural building techniques
Education Sustainability Tasters Four three-hour taster session packs have been designed for members of community groups. These cover the main areas of sustainable development policy and explore how groups can contribute to a more sustainable world, Federation for Community Development Learning, 2006
Education Sustainable Agriculture Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Agriculture Book 1, The Baltic University Programme, Uppsala University, 2012. 505 pages
Education Syngenta The Good growth plan – One planet – Six commitments, from the multinational that is one of the top seed and agrochemical producers in the world.
Education Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening A comprehensive downloadable guide to organic farming
Education The IFOAM Academy The Organic Leadership Course is IFOAM's flagship training programme, taking place in regions across the globe. This intensive, one-year course empowers participants to assume greater responsibility in finding organic solutions to address the world's environmental and social challenges.
Education The UN CC:Learn e-Learning Platform This platform provides quality free e-learning resources on climate change. Each course builds on the expertise of relevant UN partners. The platform was launched in 2014 and additional courses will be added over time.
Campaigns 2015 International Year of Soils Healthy soils for a healthy life. Aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.
Campaigns Agroecology Alliance The Alliance has a broad membership of organisations and individuals who share concerns about the economic, environmental and social sustainability of agriculture and food production in the UK and the rest of the world.
Campaigns Campaign for Real Farming Real Farming is shorthand for “Enlightened Agriculture”: informally defined as farming that is expressly designed to provide everyone everywhere with food of the highest quality, forever, without wrecking the rest of the world.
Campaigns Eating Better Campaign A new alliance to help create an eating better food revolution towards a fair, green and healthy world by eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet.
Campaigns Greenpeace GMO Campaign A campaign for sustainable agriculture which says no to genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
Campaigns La Via Campesina The global campaigning peasant's movement. La Via Campesina is an alliance of an estimated 200 million peasant farmers and Membership is only open to individuals who are based livelihoods. As a result La Via Campesina commands an authority that can’t be matched by NGO’s or other civil society organizations and since 1994 it has become recognised by the United Nations and the World Bank as the world, forming a political space in which to advance its Food Sovereignty platform.
Campaigns Reclaim the Fields Organizes several European camps, participates in global mobilisations with La Vía Campesina, takes direct actions to fight for the land, and holds assemblies.
Campaigns The European Coordination Via Campesina Campaigns for alternative food and agricultural policies based on more legitimacy, fairness, solidarity and sustainability, which are necessary in Europe to ensure food security, food safety, public health, employment in rural areas and to tackle the issues of the global food crisis and climate change.
Campaigns The Land is Ours Campaign Campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making processes affecting them, for everyone, irrespective of race, gender or age.