There are around 670 farms in the UK, and thousands more worldwide, that currently host volunteers who help out on the farm for 20-30 hours a week, in exchange for food and accommodation. Besides WWOOF, there are other networks like HelpX that help connect travellers and volunteers with farmers. Farmers get an extra pair hands and the volunteers can learn farming skills, play with adorable farm animals and enjoy some of the best organic food in the country – straight from the farm.
Away from the tourist circuit, most farms are an experience in their own right. One of the farms I stayed at was in the middle of the Forest of Dean, overlooking the mountains of Wales. I woke up to beautiful sunrises, enjoyed stunning sunsets and went to bed in a caravan under starlit skies. Another farm I stayed at was in an idyllic 18th century estate, surrounded by woodlands that were straight out of Gothic Victorian novels!