The biggest hurdle in hosting volunteers previously has been our ability to actually host them in terms of providing beds and cooking / eating space. Combined with setting up the bell tent ready to rent out to campers we have also been doing it in order to be able to offer that space to volunteers. Some WWOOFers travel with their own tent, indeed we travelled with Willow the campervan and really valued having our own space to retreat to and call our own, but others are travelling light, or from abroad and a bed in a shared bell tent is perfect for them. We are not able to bring more than one or two people (and even that is a squeeze) into the caravan for meals and despite enjoying having people here we also value our privacy and space, particularly Davies and Scarlett, so being able to provide a space for volunteers to cook and eat their own meals if we supply the food has long been an aim.
It’s taken a while and a few re=models and a lot of making it up as we go along but we have finally created a semi permanent space on the croft which houses the compost loo, a sink with running water, an undercover cooking and eating area, gas stove with double burner and grill, seating etc. It’s rustic, obviously, but it’s the sort of set up we’d have been delighted with as campers or as volunteers ourselves. We’ve got it kitted out with basic cookware and kitchen kit and will add to that as folk tell us what else they need up there.