29. What do we mean by 'organic'?

WWOOF UK Host Eligibility and Organic Guidelines 

A WWOOF host should have the following as a key part of their lifestyle or organisational mission: 

  • the production of food or other products derived from the natural world
  • the management of land in an environmentally sustainable way
  • an activity supporting organic growing


WWOOF hosts should follow the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) organic principles as listed below, but need not be registered with a certificating organisation. 

  • The Principle of Health: organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal human and planet as one and indivisible
  • The Principle of Ecology: organic agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them
  • The Principle of Fairness: organic agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities
  • The Principle of Care: organic agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment


One of the main aims of WWOOF is to give people the opportunity to gain experience in organic methods, we expect these methods and principles to be predominant on WWOOF farms and holdings or for an active conversion programme to be in progress.