Photo, Delegates at the 2nd International WWOOF Coordinators' Conference in Japan
In October 2006, representatives from nine WWOOF groups including USA, New Zealand, Austraia, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, UK, and Japan, met in Sapporo Japan for a three day conference. The primary thrust of the conference, as outlined in the Conference Agenda, was to debate and vote on matters towards the establishment of an International WWOOF Association (IWA). It was hard work, compromises made, and delegates voted overwhelming in agreement to establish the IWA. Subsequent consultations with the same WWOOF groups and other groups who could not attend the Sapporo meeting called for an IWA that would represent all WWOOF groups equally in an open and democratic forum. The interim website for this IWA can be seen at
Here is a photo of the people who attended the 2nd International WWOOF Coordinators' Conference.
29th October – 2nd November 2006
Sue Coppard: Founder of WWOOF
Garry Ainsworth and Maree Swan, Australia
John van den Heuvel, Canada
David Marie and Alexandra Denais, France
Erica Altmann, Germany
Alan Pink, Italy
Glenn and Kyoko Burns, Japan
Andrew and Jane Strange, New Zealand
Sue Seymour, United Kingdom
Leo Goldsmith and Jessica Brodie, United States of America
Special thanks to Mr and Mrs Murakami for having us all visit them for lunch and a look at their organic farm.