Help at a non-profit, organic agroforestry farm and permaculture initiative in Maui, Hawaii, USA


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  • Description


    We are a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to preservation of our planets ecosystems through reconnecting people to the beauty and intelligence of nature.

    Our permaculture initiative is a beautiful 10 acre nature school near the North shore of Maui, Hawaii, specializing in agroforestry (food forests), soil regeneration, and off-grid community living and earth stewardship.

    We have A staff of very accomplished educators in the fields of permaculture, agroforestry, community living, sustainability methods, to help ensure your internship is informative, fun, and effective.

    Our primary objective is to care well for this beautiful valley property that we steward. It is our hope that by focusing on all of the tasks to create abundance here, each of our interns will leave feeling renewed and inspired to care for the earth in their own way in their lives ahead.

    Our main agricultural method is agroforestry. Some people refer to these systems as food forests. We have many different examples of these diverse abundant systems.

    We cultivate bananas, papayas, pineapple, coconuts, cacao, sugar cane, oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, grapefruits, starfruit, jackfruit, lychee, longan, cashew, manioc, taro, perennial greens, herbs, mushrooms and much, much, more.

    We are looking for people who are willing to enter into the culture we have created in our small farm community, learning how they can best help make a positive contribution to our project and become more dedicated to serve the earth.

    This is a directed internship,not a worktrade. part of the education is learning about ourselves, how to be better at basic life skills, making and growing friendships, and being more sensitive to how our choices affect others and the environment.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

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    We have a LOT of people that are interested in staying with us--many more than we have space for. Who we tend to invite are those that have backgrounds and interest in ecology, sustainability, forestry, or farming.
    We love to teach! So a stay with us is great opportunity to deepen your knowledge and explore new aspects of these interests. It's very satisfying for us to share knowledge with people who plan on going out into the world and using it!!

    So please, keep that in mind when applying and share with us how this might apply to you in your detailed letter of introduction.
    Just wanting to visit maui, surf and make friends is great, but not what we require.

    We can only accept individuals or couples who can stay at least a month. We can't really commit to anyone for any longer than two months however. And we can't accept children or pets.

  • Help


    As an intern you are likely to be asked to do tasks such as:

    Be a responsible team member, make friends, be responsible for yourself and help others

    * Mowing and helping maintain landscaping
    *. Weeding our food forest projects
    * Deep cleaning communal spaces
    * preparing foods as needed
    * Helping in our tree and plant nurseries
    * Mulching fruit trees and planting new ones
    *. Clearing drainage areas
    *. Harvest

    The deeper your knowledge about plants and growing things, the more skilled tasks we will give you. If you have skills with power tools and machinery, we'll likely put you to work in those areas as well. This work is not easy. The environment is not comfortable. This is a very changeable climate that can rain 190 inches per year and when the trade winds are blowing. Hard, the rain goes sideways. In the wet seasons, nothing ever gets all the way dry, including you. P

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    Our farm is alcohol and drug free (includes canabis and pharmaceuticals).
    We expect this rule be respected during the internship period, without exception.

    We ask for 25 hours of help contribution per week, plus the time you need to attend to your personal space and responsibilities. The Primary work days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving plenty of time for exploring the island and personal time.

    The internship is a minimum duration of one month. If you are available and interested in the possibility of longer stay--we'll schedule a review with you after you've been with us 3 weeks to discuss the possibility.

    We have a fully functioning communal kitchen space which you are free to use and we prepare 1 or 2 communal lunches together each week. You will be responsible for the rest of your meals. We are seasonally producing many different kinds of foods that you can complement your meals, and we also provide rice beans salt and oil in the kitchen. There is a small grocery store a short 1-mile walk from the farm.

    We have laundry facilities and provide soap. We have 2 outdoor showers and 3 bucket-style/composting outhouses for your use.

    Everyone on the farm is responsible for cleaning up after themselves, and each other, especially in all communal spaces, and for emptying and scrubbing the outhouse buckets.

    You will see ants, mosquitos, spiders, centipedes, bees, and other insects during your stay--this is part of life when you live in Hawaii! We will provide you with a nice little cabin or bungalow for your stay--it's very basic, (about 10’x12’) and rustic, but clean and cozy. We provide bedding and towels.
    It can rain a lot here (!!) so be prepared, and the nights can get cool, especially during the winter months. We have a communal office space with a computer and wifi.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is located in Haiku, Hawaii on the island of Maui in the area known as the ‘North Shore’. We are located about 1 mile from the coast, but the nearest swimming beach is about a 10-minute drive away. The famous ‘Jaws’ surf break is just down the road from us, as are numerous other surf, windsurfing, and kiteboarding spots. There is a small grocery store/gas station 1 mile up the road from us and a popular breakfast and lunch place about 2 miles away. Otherwise, the nearest real town is Paia (an small, artsy, 'hippie' town) about a 15-minute drive away. Generally speaking, you will be on your own when it comes to transportation. We do not have a farm or communal vehicle. Several farm staff do have their own cars and the possibility exists to sometimes catch rides into town with them, but we do not like to burden staff with the task any more than necessary. The nearest bus stop is about 2 miles away and from there, you can access much of the island. The island of Maui is RICH in natural beauty (beaches, jungles, waterfalls, volcanoes, snorkeling, whales), and RICH in Polynesian cultural heritage. Our farm has many ties with the larger Maui community and is proud to be part of a growing movement on the island working toward food sovereignty and ecological preservation.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 to 30 hours per week

The farm crew, saying goodbye to one of our Workaway guests.
Around Maui...There are LOTS of water sports to be had--snorkeling, surfing, kiteboarding, stand-up-paddleboarding, swimming, spearfishing, wind surfing and more.
A view of our communal kitchen
Hawaii has amazing flowers!
Around Maui...LOTS of good swimming spots to find!
Around Maui...the view from the slopes of Haleakala
The view from inside the Starfruit tree
Opening coconuts for a group of visiting kids that spent the day with us
Checking the progress our growing trees
Up in a tree, checking out the Durian blossoms!
Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market
A day's harvest
Cherimoya and a tray of turmeric

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