This city girl will be getting down to earth with rural life again as a WWOOF-er on a farm near Ottawa.
This will be my second placement on my Canada travels, organised through the fantastic organisation that is Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF).
The first farm I worked on was located near Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
It was a family-run blueberry farm surrounded by forest and backdropped by mountains.
My initial experience took place near the start of my solo travels in June, around one month in, but this time I am getting towards the end of the trip.
To be completely honest, I was not sure about organising another WWOOF-ing stay in Canada.
Despite my experience being enlightening and enjoyable, it was a lot of hard physical work and I was not sure I had the energy to do this again any time soon.
However, after weighing up my options, I decided it would be good to do something enriching and educational in eastern Canada.
Plus, WWOOF-ing is always a fast way of shifting a few pounds and gaining some metabolism-boosting muscle mass.
I actually joked on the farm that it was like being at a fitness bootcamp.
The poses I pulled weeding might as well have been yoga or pilates.
And you most definitely work up a sweat after completing around four hours of farm work a day.
There was also time to explore the local area during my time off.
The trips included hiking amongst ancient trees at Cathedral Grove, visiting waterfalls at Little Qualicum Falls and stopping by the quirky ‘Goats on the Roof‘ attraction at the Old Country Market, Coombs.
But more than anything, I enjoyed meeting interesting people and relished the opportunity to experience a completely different lifestyle, one that is all about sustainable living.
I am looking forward to discovering what my time on the Ontario farm will hold…
Have you ever tried WWOOF-ing? How was your experience?