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Riley Callow Interview

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

Leaving his small, midwestern town in Missouri, Riley Callow ventured far to Paris. He was seeking a lifestyle that many people dream of and never achieve. He wanted to do what he loved while traveling, working outside, and meeting lifelong friends. Riley quickly found all those things and more. He found himself part of new and different communities. Riley started wwoofing as a way to see the world while at the same time saving money and getting to work outside. WWOOF is an organization that connects people who want to live and work on organic farms with people who either need the volunteer help or are interested in sharing their lives with others. The most desiring aspect of WWOOF are the vast amounts of locations from Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas, Middle East and Oceania. After several different homesteads from France to Washington, Riley realised these experiences had taken on totally different meanings for him. Having originally wanting to experience new places and meet new people, his focus eventually shifted more towards education and learning about farming and agriculture. Riley now works as an apprentice at Tide Mill Farm, located at 103 Tide Mill Road Edmunds, Maine. Having not felt much of a community in his hometown, Riley has fallen in love with the people and community he has met during this experience. “Farming is a very tight knit community,” Riley said, “that continues to be why I do it.” He has been farming for almost three years now and personally feels that friendships are the most important thing surrounding this type of work. In the larger scheme, Riley thinks that farming is one of the most effective ways for people to have power as communities. “I hope future farming looks less corporate,” Riley said, “If you can feed yourself and each other you become independent in the most significant way.”