I've had some amazing experiences and met some of my best friends to date while WWOOFing. Their signup fee has doubled (still only forty dollars I believe) since, but they give you a book of hosts' locations, information, and contacts (not just comprised of farms, mind you, but hostels, bed & breakfasts, communes, cooperatives, etc) that I found incredibly helpful on some of my travels. They are a world-wide organization, and there are hosts pretty well distributed throughout the states. Be courteous and honest with the people and you will likely have a great exchange, but I will say that I have seen some uneven and less than pleasant exchanges. Often they ask for a little bit of a day's work for a meal or two a day and room and board (or camping, which I preferred in most cases). The amount and nature of the work varies from place to place and season to season. Some offer a stipend, and some offer long-term opportunities, apprentice-, and internships. I've become family with folks I've stayed with. Most are warm, caring families and, in general, groovy folk. Always be clear when contacting a host and, most importantly, don't just drop in.
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