WE ARE A WOMEN ONLY HOST....as we only have one cabin for everyone to share.
WE HAVE AN IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR ONE PERSON NOV. 19, 2017
We are looking for helpers for our winter months and coming into the new year.
In our family we believe we are all one people regardless of race, religion or sexual preference. Our core belief is that all peoples should treat each other with respect and with honest cooperation. If you do not share this belief, this farm may not be the one for you. However, if you share these core values....Please let me know if you are available to Skype for this position.
SKILLS MOST INTERESTED IN:
People with baking and cooking experience. What we make: Scones, bars, baklava, specialty quiches, cakes, cookies.
It is very important that you know how to follow a recipe. We also need people comfortable with working at a farmers market selling food, working a grill, handling money.
Additionally, if you like doing outside work, we also look for people to help us prepare for the upcoming picking season by helping us with cleaning around the farm and performing some farm maintenance (don't worry, we will train you). Most importantly you must be able to pick up containers that may weigh up to 45 lbs as we load our vehicles for the farmers markets and also 50 lb bags because we also do our own coffee wet milling and dry milling. If it's too heavy, we always share the weight of the load.
You must be willing to work in both areas as needed.....but recognize we sometimes need to develop people's strengths.
MINIMUM STAY: is 30 days, we generally prefer people to stay 45 to 60 days mainly because there is allot of training involved and you do get 3 full days off. We are an all women farm mainly because we only have one cabin for our helpers to share.
We are a small family coffee farm run by 3 women (our mama who is 89 years old, her oldest daughter and her hanai daughter). Our farm is located in Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii on the Big Island of Hawaii.
By car, we are about 30 minutes from the airport. Keauhou Bay and the Keauhou Shopping Center are about 10 minutes from the farm. We are close to public transportation that travels around the entire island and the trolley that takes you to most tourist destinations in the immediate Kona area.
We are a partially sustainable coffee farm meaning not only do we farm coffee for a living; to make ends meet we participate in a farmers market selling our coffee, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, grilled items, kabobs and local Hawaiian foods.
Your tasks may be split up between working in our certified kitchen, helping out at our farmers market and occasionally in the coffee land when we need assistance with a project.
We prefer someone with a strong baking background, but if you are an organized worker, have a willingness to learn; can follow instructions and take directions and have a basic understanding of baking. This may work for you.
If requesting to mainly work outside: Working in the coffee land during the off season may include: (Jan to Aug/Oct) Weed whacking, pulling vines that strangle our coffee trees, puling suckers off the main branches of the coffee trees so that the older branches produce more coffee cherries. Cutting down unwanted trees and elephant grass that seems to spring up overnight. Throwing fertilizer and general maintenance of the coffee land. You'll also be involved in cleaning and repairing equipment in preparation of the upcoming coffee season. Looking for chickens laying eggs. Helping to round up chickens.....and any other thing that we need help with. It's a small farm....there's always work to do.
Coffee harvesting season is from Aug. to Dec., during this time we mainly pick and also receive coffee cherries, pulp coffee, balance the PH of the water to water the coffee land, and dry the coffee beans on our dry racks, then bagging them for parchment. Must be able to lift 50 to 60 lbs. Not to worry, we do the heavy lifting in pairs.
During farmers’ market days we take 2 vehicles to setup. It's a long day, but you will have the opportunity to go on an hour break to go swimming in the ocean or hang out at the beach.... Yes, the farmers market is that close to the ocean. This work entails: loading the vehicles, setup, working the farmers market with us, breakdown, reloading and unloading to put everything away when we get home. While at the market you will get a chance to visit other vendors.
DAYS OFF: We allot 3 consecutive days off a week (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) to cruise around the island, go camping or just hang out at the beach.
We would like to stress that we are looking for people who are non-smokers, honest, flexible, not afraid of hard work, and team players. We also do not allow drugs or hard alcohol on our property. Occasional wine and beer is okay....please remember you are a guest in our house and this is not a party house. We aren’t loud people, but we do enjoy laughter and conversation. We also like to play games like Bananagrams and card games like Tripoly so if what I’ve described so far is something you’d like to be part of?
"Na, anu'nu oe ka aina, ai-ana ka aina ia oe. Na Malama oe ka aina, Ka aina Ha-awi ia oe, na mea ai". Roughly translates to " Take care of the land and the land will give back. Be greedy with the land and the land will eat you up". Our family has farmed coffee for 4 generations. This is our belief.
Please note that all interested persons must have their own health & medical insurance while on our farm as it is not provided. If you are an international traveler and want to be able to rent a vehicle, make sure your license is valid in Hawaii. You may have to apply for an international drivers licenses prior to getting here.
So if you're interested in working with us, send us a note about yourself and as it's said on the island lets "talk story".
FYI - We like to Skype or FaceTime with all potential helpers so please insure that you have the ability to do this. We do not do phone interviews. We like to see who we are talking to.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
4 main areas where our helpers are needed:
1. Baking and preparing foods for the Farmers Market
2. General maintenance and cleanup in and around our farm
3. During coffee picking season: help with pulping and drying coffee
4. Roasting coffee (takes a special type of person....not all people can do this)
Most of our helpers generally do a combination of 1 - 3.
HOURSING & UTILIES: We have a detached cabin that we built for people who help us on the farm. It sleeps four people (but we have found that 3 in the cabin is more comfortable), includes electricity & WI-FI. We also have a covered and netted area with a picnic table and hammock to hang out in.
Your bathroom is located a short distance from the cabin located on the back side of our house, but it includes a hot shower and there is a shared washer/dryer that we all use.
YOUR HELPER KITCHEN: There is a covered area with a BBQ grill in a large covered area. We built a small kitchen adjacent to our coffee drying room that includes kitchen wares, electric stove, microwave and refrigerator and areas to store dry goods. We stock the refrigerator to insure that on your days off you will always have food available and if you prefer to buy a few of your own favorite things there is room in the fridge. Most of the time you will prepare your breakfast meals here in your kitchen. Additionally, most vegetables come from our mamas garden and we have seasonal fruit that you can pick from our farm, (we have avocados, oranges, bananas, papaya, lychee, mangos).
MAIN KITCHEN MEALS: Work days all lunch and dinner meals are prepared together and we eat family style upstairs in the main kitchen (Monday thru Thursday....and most times Sundays). For your "days off" meals we stock your kitchen as well. You will never starve here.
Please Note: If you have a special food requirements you may need to purchase those items, but for the most part you will be eating what we eat and we have found that we can accommodate most diets.
If you like hiking, camping, swimming, snorkeling, boogey boarding, site seeing, visiting different types of farming. Hawaii has allot to offer. We have a 4 person tent, boogey boards and snorkel gear so you won't need to bring those items.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
THINGS YOU CAN DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF: We have snorkel gear and boogy boards, a kayak, a bike and camping gear so you don’t need to bring a lot of extra stuff and you are free to use them while you are on the farm.
25 hours per week
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