Host Chris Smaje, who’s based in Somerset, wrote to recently with this intriguing question:
I’m just wondering if you can shed any light on the massive decline I’m experiencing in contacts from potential WWOOFers? Over the last few years I’ve had well over a hundred requests annually and have regrettably had to turn many prospective WWOOFers away. But all of a sudden this year the requests have turned into a trickle, leaving me a bit short of volunteers. Our situation has changed slightly inasmuch as we’re now living off grid on our farm site and hosting WWOOFers in caravans, rather than living separately in a house in town – though I’d have thought that this would make our listing more rather than less attractive. Anyway, I’d be interested to know if other hosts are having the same problems, or if there’s any reason anyone can think of why requests have suddenly plummeted. Many thanks.
If you are experiencing a similar shortage of WWOOFers or have any thoughts on Chris’s dilemma please leave a comment below or get in touch using firstname.lastname@example.org.