We are Bahar & Jayson. We live on the Hawaiian island of Molokai and have been the caretakers of a small farm on Hawaiian homestead agricultural land for the past few years. Every day we take one more step towards our goal of 100% sustainability & zero harm to mother earth & humanity.
We help run an incredible non-profit and if you message us we will tell you more in a follow-up email. We grow a lot of food that we gift to friends and neighbors. We foster animals for our local humane society, because they aren't a shelter so they can't house any of the animals.
The farm is a place of healing, education, and community, for all to benefit. This is an alcohol and drug-free farm and there are no exceptions to this rule. The only other rules are: Aloha always, and respect everyone & everything.
Our goal is to continue providing a safe and healthy learning environment for people, animals, and plants to coexist and gain from one another. We grow everything from papayas and bananas to cassava and kalo, as well as a lot of other fruit trees and veggies. We don't use anything here on the farm that we don't make ourselves. It's all plant-based. We're not strict adherents to any one method of farming, but we've had luck with some the the JADAM Korean natural farming recipes. We also have a pretty good composting system set up, and manure from goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, and a horse. None of the animals are food. We eat the eggs from our chickens & ducks, but all of our animals are pets.
Molokai is a very special and unique place here in Hawaii. The population is a little over 7,000 people. It is not meant for the average tourist, there are no resorts, fancy restaurants, nightlife, or mai tais on the beach. There are a couple safe places to swim, but the handful of picturesque white sand beaches have deadly riptides, and with the heavy winds the beaches are no place for sunbathing. Don't come here if you're looking to hang out at the beach all day, or surf. There are a few surf spots here that all require a lot of skill & experience. Beyond that, locals wait months sometimes for conditions to be right, so for someone just visiting, this isn't the place for you to surf. There are other islands for that.
Molokai is a place known for its people, kindness, aloha, and community, but the island is covered with sacred places so there is no room to venture off the designated path, so to speak. You don't go anywhere without first being invited, and without getting permission. Molokai is a place of agriculture, fishing and hunting. Deer were introduced in the 1850's and are super invasive, numbering in the tens of thousands. People who don't eat meat for environmental reasons, do eat deer meat on Molokai for environmental reasons. Our neighbors grow food, and sustain themselves as much as possible within the limits of the island.
Like other occupied and colonized places, the dispossessed Hawaiian people face extreme poverty, rampant addiction, and severe health issues, both physical and mental. The sovereign queen Lili'uokalani was betrayed and imprisoned by a group of western missionaries-turned-businessmen, with the help of the US Marines. These islands were stolen so these businessmen could sell sugar to the United States tariff free. This is relatively recent history and many of our friends hold out hope that Hawaii will once again be a sovereign nation. Though it is considered a US state at the moment, in the eyes of international law, and for many people (including us) it is still Hawaiian land illegally occupied by the United States. We are guests of Hawaii. You will be a guest as well.
If you're hoping to see the fairy tale, post card, Hollywood version of Hawaii, try Waikiki, but even there, don't venture too far from the beach unless you want to see the reality.
If you wish to come help take care of the land, and take nothing but pictures and memories when you leave, and leave only your footprints, then we look forward to hearing from you!
Bahar & Jayson
Just a full disclosure warning, if you need peace & quiet, you won't find too much of that here since the farm is also an animal sanctuary. For the most part, all the animals are well behaved, but there are a lot of them. At the moment, we have 5 of our own pet dogs, 2 dogs we're babysitting for folks in the community, and 11 foster dogs, so 18 total dogs...and we're losing track of cats. 11 permanent farm cats and over 20 foster cats....and 3 roosters...and a bunch of hens & ducks, a few goats, sheep & a horse...but the dogs & roosters are the noisemakers. If you're a light sleeper, you'll need to bring earplugs.
Sometimes the dogs fight (it's impossible to prevent it with all the personalities of a bunch of new foster dogs, and we try our best to give them freedom to socialize with one another) and sometimes the cats fight (if one of them catches a mouse and another one steals it, for instance). Sometimes the dogs we get are literally starving & have been badly abused. You won't have to assist with anything you don't feel fully comfortable with (in terms of caring for them) but they're here and you have to be okay with that, For the most part though, it's cute puppies and older dogs with a few bumps & bruises, but we take in whatever animals need a loving home for as long as they need to be here.
Help in the house
Molokai offers great cultural experiences, and shares the Hawaiian culture on many levels. We continue to learn about the Hawaiian practices and traditions, and can share the knowledge we have learned. There are incredible opportunities to learn from Kupuna, elders, and gain insights into this magical culture.
3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. As a community, everyone has the responsibility of helping with dishes, cleanliness, and animal chores each day. Beyond that specific tasks and projects can be discussed. Most of all, the exchange of knowledge, culture, and ideas is what we look forward to. Again as mentioned, this is a drug and alcohol free space, and everyone including Workawayers must respect this rule.
There are multiple accommodations, depending on the time of year and current need, there can be options. There is a large Airplane Hanger, that we call the Barn, where we spend most of our day to day in. There are two floors, and an upper deck above that. There is a bunk bed and several couches in the "loft" where we watch movies at night, and on the upper deck a nice loft with queen bed. There is a flush toilet accessible and hot water shower. Of course, there is plenty of space to pitch a tent, or lay in a hammock.
The farm is totally off the grid, powered by several solar panels. Enough to charge a phone, laptop, and have a few lights around. We even watch movies on the projector most nights as a way to wind down. There is wifi available.
We eat breakfast and dinner together usually, and mostly eat a vegetarian diet. Ensure you let us know your dietary needs ahead of time, and we can try to accommodate.
We have three main rules: Aloha Always. Respect everyone and everything. No Drugs or Alcohol allowed on the farm. If anyone has any questions about the farm, non-profit, the people, or Molokai, please let us know!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week