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Our beautiful ICS certified organic farm has eight acres of mixed exotic tropical fruit, cacao (chocolate), macadamia nuts and coffee. We have gardens full of veggies and herbs, there is an intern garden for you to learn and harvest in. We also provide some bulk food weekly. We will have some tropical fruit available for you weekly from the farm. You will need to supplement your food we do not supply it all. If you have a special diet you will need to buy those items. You will need to have a food and entertainment budget. We have nice cabin living quarters for our interns. We have a kitchen in each cabin for you to prepare your meals. We have a solar shower and composting toilets. We are very organized on the farm, we work in the mornings and the rest of the day is for you to enjoy the island life.The beach is just down the hill where there is great swimming, snorkeling and surfing (you may even see a dolphin, turtle or whale). Our farm is very close to a great small community where there are stores, Sunday farmers market, a fish market, coffee shops, local shops, yoga and many other activities. We are always in the process of learning here. We are trying to make our life and farm as sustainable as possible. We grow most of what our farm needs for food and fertilizer by using different types of cover crops, compost tea, mulching and composting. We use agroforestry techniques whenever possible. The soil food web is a big part of how our farm works. We feed the soil and the soil feeds the plants. We have incorporated nitrogen fixing trees and shrubs. We also have 5 chicken tractors that we move around the farm for bug, weed control, eggs and fertility. (they also provide a lot of entertainment!) We grow most of our own food and sell the excess at the local farmers market and local stores. You will learn the whole process of growing, processing and marketing coffee, macadamia nuts and cacao (chocolate) while you are here. We enjoy what we do and sharing it with others. If you are interested in learning where your food comes from, learn how to grow your own food in a garden and learn how a small family farm works day to day this is the farm for you.
Please only apply if you are looking to organic farm and garden. This is a real working farm. You need to be in good physical shape and be able to work in tropical weather sun, rain and bugs.
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chloe m branen
"I stayed with Bonnie and Bacci for the month of September and it was an unforgettable experience and I am continuously grateful for all the knowledge and insight I have gained in such a short period of time. Not only did I acquire knowledge about tropical organic farming, but the realities of the hard work it takes to be truly successful in both running a farm and as person looking for a new standard in my work ethic. They operate the farm in a very organized and efficient way sprinkled with some positive and warm energy. Get ready to hunker down and get dirty. After all, that’s what farming is all about. Bonnie and Bacci were both very kind and wanted each of us to strive in both work and as individuals, they really seemed to want to pass on the knowledge of living a creative, healthy and sustainable lifestyle. If you’re looking for a rewarding experience filled with knowledge about farming, I highly recommend this farm. I helped because I am interested in having a homestead one day and since coming back, I was offered a part-time position at an organic vegetable farm. : )"
"I had an amazing time here at this farm for about 5 weeks! Bonnie and Bacci are very hardworking, motivated, and organized people that have great stories and advice to share. They are also understanding and caring of you when you're working on the farm. If you're looking to work very hard and learn a lot this is definitely the place for you! I came into the experience wanting to learn how a real production farm works, while also giving back to the land that it's on, and I got to experience that and so much more. I look fondly back on my time here, and reminisce about the amazing fresh fruit and getting to see Zeena the farm dog every day!"
"As first time we can't thank Bonnie, Bacci, and Zeena (the best farm dog ever!) enough. We learned SO much about not just how to grow your own food and sustain yourself organically, but also what it takes to run a farm in this day and age. If you want to learn about farming in any capacity, this is great place to do it, and in a perfect part of the world. The work load was fair, organized, and varied so things never got boring. The lodgings were great, with our own kitchen and fridge. And the food! So many delicious things from the intern garden, all the bananas, avocados and mac-nuts you can eat. If you love to cook, you'll have fun exploring all the recipes of the farm journal. Overall, it was a great experience affording us the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore Hawaii in a way would never would have been able to otherwise. Definitely recommend this anyone and everyone!"
"The 2 and a half months I spent on Bonnie and Bacci’s farm was one of the best, most rewarding experiences of my life. Bonnie and Bacci are both incredible, warm, hard-working people with so much knowledge to share and we miss them dearly. We appreciated the organized work schedule, so we always knew what our responsibilities were. We learned so much about the coffee making process, macadamia nut harvesting, techniques for maintaining a garden, and how to truly live sustainably. We even found a passion for weed-whacking and a taste for exotic new fruits and vegetables! Saturday market days were a highlight-- showing off all of the delicious products, getting to know the other farmers and regular customers, and spending the rest of the day in town and at the beach. Public transportation is not very reliable on this island, but we always managed getting around. In our free time, we would either hike or hitchhike down to the beach, walk to the nearby coffee shop, or spend the day relaxing on the farm creating new recipes. All in all, there isn't a better farm in Hawaii you could help on.
"We were on Bonnie & Bacci's farm for 4 months, and it was amazing! We were there during the volcano eruption, and there was never any danger or lava on our side of the island. Besides just being great people, Bonnie & Bacci are excellent teachers and are very organized. One of our favorite parts of the helping experience was the Saturday market at Keauhou. It's fun getting to know local people and sharing the awesome organic farm products. The work schedule is reasonable, and the chores are varied, so you won't get bored. Like others have said, plan to hitchhike to get to the grocery store, rent a car for a weekend and drive around the island, and just have a great time working and learning on the farm."
"We were inspired by this hard-working couple and their beautiful farm. Be prepared to work hard and ask questions so that you can learn a lot from Bonnie and Bacci. The farmer's market is serious business and set-up is very organized so pay close attention! We are grateful to have found this farm, these farmers, and fellow helpers. We gained insight into the world of coffee, chocolate, macadamia nuts, fruits galore and now have a deeper appreciation for it all. We DO suggest renting a car on some weekends so you can easily explore more of the island. In our experience public transportation was reliably unreliable. We hope to return and see how the farm evolves and checking in on Zeena -the luckiest, friendliest, cutest farm dog in all the land."
"This was my first helping experience, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Bonnie and Bacci (and Zeena) graciously welcomed me after a last minute change in my plans that left me without a place to stay. The farm is absolute paradise! Awesome set up, very organized, and close to some great beaches. The work is hard, but very rewarding. Especially seeing the fruits of your labor at the weekly farmer’s market (my favorite day of the week)! If you want to learn what it takes to run a farm, come here. Bonnie and Bacci have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share. You can tell that they have put their hearts into this place, and it really shines through. The farm is located on the west side of Big Island, about 30 or so minutes from downtown Kailua-Kona. Hitchhiking was my main mode of transportation in and around the town. You could also rent a car and head over to Hilo or Volcano National Park, which are a lovely (2 hour) drive away. This island and farm has so much to offer! I think about my time here often and miss it dearly!"
"I can’t begin to describe how incredible this farm is. Bonnie and Bacci are incredible people and are filled with so much knowledge and love for their helpers. It is hard work but it’s completely worth it and you still have free time to see the island and do your daily beach swim. The farm is also not located where the lava has erupted so your safe from the volcano! Everyone I’ve talked to about hawaii, I’ve told them to go help on this farm. If you get the opportunity to come here, you won’t be disappointed. It felt like home the first week and I could just venture the farm and be in awe of how much beauty I’m surrounded by. Kona is also a great place to stay, everyone is so nice and there’s a lot to see!"
"K.E.D is a great place to work for motivated hard working helpers on the big island! It's not a place for vacation-goers but if youre serious about organic farming it's a great place to work and live"
"I worked on this farm in August 2015, with my best friend. It was my first time helping, and Bonnie and Bacci were the perfect people to learn from. We stayed in small cabins and were given weekly pantry staples to supplement with food from the intern garden. Hitch-hiking is common and everyone was so nice who picked us up. (Use common sense though!) While we mainly picked coffee and harvested macadamia nuts, our hosts made it a point to teach us other skills as well, including using a weed wacker, and pruning the banana trees. We also got to help at the farmers market. It was four girls that were there and we had a lot of downtime in the afternoons and on the weekends, and I recommend renting a car during a weekend or two. Be prepared to work hard, and bring a notebook b/c you won't want to forget all the cool things Bonnie will teach you!"
"I was origionally supposed to be on the Hilo side of the island but due to the volcano had to find another farm with in a few weeks of my travel date, Bonnie just happened to contact me in the nick of time and I feel like I ended up on a great farm! The fruit was amazing, if you want to learn about farming, this is a great farm to be on. Bonnie is so scientific about the way she farms that there is so much to learn! The only bad thing was that I was at the farm as the only helper at the peak of coffee season, so we didn't have much time to learn many extra things like gardening and such. The farmer's market was super fun! But expect this to be your longest day, we left at 5am sharp and got home around 1:30pm. I really enjoyed working the farmer's markets though so I didn't mind. The living arangments are nice. Very off grid tho. Not as off grid as camping but there is a composting toilet and solar shower. There are outlets and running cold water in the cabin which was nice but very little to no service on the farm (tmobile). Bacci is so kinda and helpful, and bonnie is so knowledgeable and such a hard worker. They are a cool team to work with, but don't come to this farm expecting to have a crazy hawaii experience. They expect hard work, it is a quiet farm. The closest place you can go is about 3 miles away to a Poke shop/BBQ place, and there are no vehicles to borrow or to rides offered so plan on figuring out the bus schedule (I only did the bus once). They will offer to leave you in town after the farmer's market or take you into town for groceries if you let them know. Hitchhiking is also pretty common, which seemed crazy but felt safe on the island. Oh and who could forget the awesome chickens and Zena the farm dog! Over all I would honestly say I had a wonderful experience at this farm for being my first farmstay experience. Bonnie and Bacci are kind, smart, wonderful people that anyone who stays there can learn alot from!"
"My stay here was short but without doubt one of the sweetest experiences! If you are interested in learning about permaculture and the natural eco-systems of organic farming then this is the place for you. Bonnie and Bacci are keen, kind and enthusiastic about what they do. They are big smilers, interesting people and have awesome stories and knowledge to share. 5 hours of work around the farm 5 days a week for the basics plus what can be harvested. Learn to be a hunter gather again! The work is physically tiring but it makes the afternoons worthwhile and weekends great - beaches down the hill, cafes up the hill and a bus into Kona. If you can handle being a bit remote, some hard work and a warm climate then you'll have a great stay here. Add a smile and you'll be laughing, there is so much to see and learn. Thank you B&B, I loved it!"
Learn about growing and processing your own food. Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, fruit and veggies. Learn how to grow chocolate and turn it into chocolate bars! Learn how to take care of the soil and grow your own food. You can take what you learn here and apply it to your own gardens where you live. It is all about taking care of your soil to grow great food! Sustainability is key to making this world a better place for all of us. Small things matter and make a difference. It all starts with us. There are so many cultural events on the island to attend and have fun.
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You will be helping maintaining a small organic family farm in day to day operations. Chores will include harvesting and processing chocolate, coffee, macadamia nuts, veggies and tropical fruit. You will be learning to maintain orchards and gardens, composting, mulching, weed control, taking care of the hens, getting products ready for the farmers market, going to the farmers market to sell our products.
We are a smoke and drug free farm. We do not have facilities for children at this time. We are a fragrance free farm. We ask that you are 21 or older. We use only unscented biodegradable products on the farm.
We have very nice cabins with running water, 2 burner stove, small refrigerator, kitchen equipment, beds, table and chairs. We provide sheets and towels. The cabins have screens and keep you dry from the tropical rains:) We provide some organic bulk food weekly and you have your intern gardens to harvest from. There are many tropical fruits and some veggies that we provide for you from the farm. You will need to supplement your food. If you have a special diet you will need to buy that on your own. Please bring a budget for food and entertainment. The islands are very expensive.
There is so much to see and do on the Big Island of Hawaii. Swimming in the ocean 3 road miles down the road, Beautiful tropical fish, dolphins and whales to swim with and see. The active Volcano at the Volcano National park. Wonderful hikes and walks. Beautiful tropical birds and plants to enjoy. Lots of cultural events year round. The Place of Refuge National Park down the road. There is a bus system on the island called the Hele-On. You can check out many pictures of our farm on facebook and instagram pages.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
27 hours week 2 days off