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JASON ASTEROS

Around GEORGIA

TERRI BLINCOE

Above: Jim Keen volunteers during the RV Care-A-Vanner
30th anniversary build in Fort Myers, Fla. Right: At
Ladybug Farms in Clayton, home-schoolers Andrew and
Isabella Trotter and Colin and Jacob Dunham pitch in
with vegetable picking and sorting.
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[been hosts] around the country for 20 years now."
Similar opportunities exist with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, which manages and maintains
125 miles of trails in Georgia, including both the
main Appalachian Trail and side trails. Volunteers
are needed for dozens of roles, including section
overseers, who maintain a portion of the trail several
times per year. Tasks include clearing out invasive
plants, removing trail obstructions and checking
signage.
"Some people drive up from Atlanta to work on
their part of the trail, and it's wonderful that, several
times per year, they go up to do the dusting and
cleaning," says Jay Dement, club president. "We'd
love for more people to become involved and learn
trail-building skills."

Work on a farm near you
Dozens of farms in Georgia welcome volunteers for free room and board in exchange for work
on the farms. Worldwide Opportunities on Organic
Farms (WWOOF) links visitors with farms that offer a
variety of experiences, including vegetable farming,
orchards, ranch and livestock life, vegan-friendly
living and flower farming. About 30 Georgia farms
offer the experience through wwoofusa.org, and
they range from short-term stays of one day or one
week to long-term stays of several months.
Georgia Organics also offers several volunteer
opportunities to those who want to connect organic

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food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. About a dozen
farms offer volunteer or visiting opportunities, including locations around Atlanta as well as more rural parts of the state.
At Ladybug Farms near Clayton in the North Georgia
mountains, Terri Jagger Blincoe runs Adult and Family Farm
Camps, in which people stay in a tiny house on the farm and
work with her half a day. In early September, she worked with
five home-schooled kids and their moms on various activities,
including collecting eggs and picking produce.
"We all had a fantastic time, and at the end of the three
days, the moms said they got an entire year's worth of lesson
plans from the farm," she says. "We might be creating nutritionists, doctors and chefs here. It's important for people to understand what really happens at a small farm and how they can live
sustainable, low-impact lives in Georgia."
Throughout Georgia, the nation and the world, voluntourism opportunities allow travelers to explore new places while
giving back.
Carolyn Crist is an Athens-based freelance writer.

For more information
Habitat for Humanity, habitat.org/volunteer
Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites campground host program,
gastateparks.org/volunteerhosts
Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, georgia-atclub.org
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, wwoofusa.org
For a wide range of volunteer opportunities in metro Atlanta, visit the
Hands On Atlanta site at handsonatlanta.org.


http://www.habitat.org/volunteer http://www.gastateparks.org/volunteerhosts http://www.wwoofusa.org http://www.georgia-atclub.org http://www.wwoofusa.org http://www.handsonatlanta.org

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