Future Farmer Katelyn’s Story

From Future Farmer to Kick-Ass Farmer:
How WWOOF helped kick-start a career in agriculture

Two years ago, Katelyn was selected as a WWOOF Future Farmer grant recipient. She found herself on a draft animal powered farm in Vermont and it changed her life forever.
 
“The month-long WWOOF trip I took was my way to see if this is the direction I wanted to take with my life – and it was a resounding ‘Yes!’”
 
The result?
 
Katelyn is now a full-time farmer. The skills and experience she gained WWOOFing in Vermont, and later on a goat farm in Washington, helped her obtain a salaried position as herd manager for a Colorado non-profit organization focused on sustainable agriculture education and securing food donations for the local community.
 
Katelyn became another of the WWOOF-inspired young farmers that our planet desperately needs.
 
The WWOOF-USA Future Farmers Grant awards grants to individuals like Katelyn who are committed to going into farming as a career. With the average age of a US farmer nearing 60, WWOOF is working to bridge that generational gap and inspire the next generation of farmers.
 

We’re asking for your help so we can provide even more Future Farmer Grants in 2023: