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August 2019: Reader Reply

Share your memories of a trip that changed your life.

In 2010, my family embarked on a WWOOF trip around the United States. WWOOF is an acronym for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and allows volunteers to learn hands-on skills to which they haven’t been exposed before.

Our family’s trip spanned 18 states and we visited 12 farms. At the time, my family was living in Pennsylvania, but my parents were considering moving. This trip would provide the perfect chance for them to observe some states they had never visited before and help them choose a new home.

After a summer of milking goats, weeding, gathering chicken eggs, milking cows, mulching and learning other useful skills, my family settled on a North Dakota homestead as our new home, a choice which has undoubtedly influenced my life in many ways.

I’ve met many amazing people I wouldn’t have met otherwise and I’ve learned many skills that I would never have been able to learn in Pennsylvania. This is the trip that has definitely had the biggest impact on my life and I am forever grateful for it.

Leona Petrovic
Parents are served by Verendrye Electric Cooperative


SEPTEMBER: What’s your favorite piece of North Dakota history?
Submission deadline: Aug. 9

OCTOBER: As we celebrate Cooperative Month in October, tell us about your favorite thing about your electric cooperative.
Submission deadline: Sept. 9

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