Learn to grow your own food and work on an Certified Organic Farm on the big island of Hawaii!

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    Aloha! Our beautiful ICS certified organic farm has eight acres of mixed exotic tropical fruit, cacao (chocolate), macadamia nuts and coffee. We have big 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 to supplement your farm bounty. 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 hot solar shower. 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

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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 veggies that we provide for you from the farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Planting new tumeric.
Planting new banana trees.
Caitlin harvesting her first Apple Bananas on the farm!
Julie working in the intern garden.
pruning bananas for mulching
Baby chickens!!!!!
Dragon Fruit flowers
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