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

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia

I spent my last day before returning to WWOOFing at Cloudland Canyon State Park, located just over the Tennessee border in northwest Georgia. I had been impressed by the beauty of Greeter Falls… Continue reading

Greeter Falls, South Cumberland State Park

After leaving Carrie’s place in Indiana I took a few days to explore before returning to WWOOFing, getting to see a few more areas of the Cumberland Plateau in southeast Tennessee and northwest… Continue reading

An Indiana Interlude and a Trip to Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

I took a break from WWOOFing a few weeks ago and went to visit my friend Carrie in Indiana, by way of an overnight in Louisville (thanks again, Art and Elaine!). It was… Continue reading