Category Archive: volunteering

WWOOFing Part 12: Bluebell Island BioBlitz

Another project I am involved with as part of my WWOOFing internship is biodiversity surveying, also known as BioBlitzing. Most easily defined as species inventorying over a short period of time, BioBlitzes typically… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 11: Planting at the Grundy County Community Garden

It’s finally planting time at the community garden! We’ve begun by planting two pounds of curly top mustards, which will be ready to harvest in about 45 days, directly in the ground and… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 10: Hunt for Ephemeral Wild Flowers in Shake Rag Hollow

This is a busy time of year for my WWOOF host Jonathan to be out searching for ephemeral and/or blooming plants and flowers so last week after working into the mid-afternoon we headed… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 9: Finishing up the Homestead

As of a couple weeks ago my WWOOF hosts have moved into their new homestead in Jasper, Tennessee. The last few things I was involved with prior to moving in included finishing the… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 8: Biodiversity Cataloging in the Great Outdoors

As I’ve wrote about a few weeks ago in my post about Fiery Gizzard my WWOOF hosts Jonathan is an ecologist and independent biodiversity specialist. As such he is involved in an ongoing… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 7: A Visit to Louisiana and New Day Farm

A few weeks back I travelled to Louisiana for a few days with Jonathan, Laura, and Baby Cypress. We briefly visited their old farm, Real Nature, the afternoon we arrived and I got… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 6: Pasture Management

Yet another part of my WWOOFing experience has been learning about the reconstruction of the prairie ecosystem through the reintroduction of native warm season grasses and management of a (future) bison herd. My… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 5: Worm Bin Construction and an Introduction to Vermicompost

As part of a contract job, my WWOOF host Jonathan was requested to design and construct a worm bin composting system and to document the process for a blog post. Worms are excellent… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 4: Searching for Signs of Spring on Fiery Gizzard Trail

The first day after my return I got to go on a hike with my WWOOF host Jonathan in search of signs of spring out at Fiery Gizzard in South Cumberland State Park.… Continue reading

WWOOFing Part 3: Homesteading House Projects

Because the season isn’t quite right yet for planting at the community garden, I’ve been working at my hosts’ new homestead, which they hope to move into within a few weeks. Their property… Continue reading