Bring your culinary, farming, construction and retail sales skills to our farm in East Maui, Hawaii, USA


United States

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  • Description


    Our Farm is a tropical farm and agricultural marketplace located in the exotic rainforests of Maui's northern coast, along the historic Highway.

    Our mission is to promote local farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs and support the local community. Through our retail farm stand, value-added product company, and farm-to-table restaurant we have developed a space dedicated to the community and to the local network of small farmers and ag product suppliers, a place that offers our community and visitors quality, locally made products and food.

    As a farm, we grow a large variety of tropical fruits, nuts, vegetables, and exotic spices. As a food business, we make a wide assortment of products with locally sourced ingredients, which include hot sauces, candies, preserves, baked goods, farm-fresh soda, prepared food items, and more. As a destination roadside stop for visitors en route to us, we are famous for our award-winning banana bread, our marketplace of an ever-expanding variety of locally sourced products and our farm-to-table food and Pizza operations. Soon we will be launching our farm and garden tours which we plan on beginning to offer to visitors this summer 2021.

    Our farm has been welcoming work-trade residents since 2006. We host an amazing community of farmers and foodies, working together with purpose in the beautiful rainforests of East Maui. This land seems to attract the most amazing workers and helpers, we share in wonderful evenings around the fire, music, stories, laughter, and make wonderful communal feasts in our jungle kitchen. We feel blessed to be a part of such an incredible farm doing good things for our local community- and are grateful to all you amazing people out there who have made it just that much more colorful!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Our minimum work stay is 4 to 6 months, with the exception of construction workers or folks with specialized skills like graphic design, where we do not have to train you on our particular methods (such as in the restaurant, bakery, or land). Please do not apply if you have less than 4 months available to commit unless you feel you can bring a particular project skillset. We have quite a few long-term residents, at this time many of the farm residents have been here more than a year or two. We really love when people can commit to quite a long stay here as it helps the continuity of our community.

    We mainly look to hire folks with skills that can help us develop our business. However, if you show strong commitment to the farm and are able to stay with us for an extended period of time, you may be able to move into departments that you don't know as much about in order to learn. For example, if you join our bakery team because you have baking experience, after fours months in the bakery, you may be able to begin working some land shifts.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We focus mostly on baking, making and expanding our products, growing our crops, and running our fruit stand and restaurant. We are recruiting folks with experience and skills relating to our business operations. Please apply if you have experience and are willing to bring and use your professional skills in baking, farming, professional cooking, marketing, retail, construction, or product development to help us expand our maintain our business.

    We do offer an hourly wage and we eat very well.

    We have 9 main areas to work on the farm

    1 - Product Kitchen- Our product line currently includes jam, bbq sauce, hot sauce, and ginger candy. We also make syrups to make our farm-fresh soads with. Working in the product kitchen mainly entails helping our resident product maker with whatever she needs. Much of your responsibilities will be juicing and helping to clean equipment. There is some opportunity here for creativity if you have a lot of experience developing recipes for jams or jellies, hot sauce, or bbq sauce.

    2 - Bakery - Currently our bakery makes banana bread, pastries, sandwich rolls, buns, brioche, hand pies, cookies, cheesecakes, bars, puddings, and more. We have shifts making banana bread batter and baking bread for shipping to the mainland. We also create pizza dough for Friday and Saturday nights at the food truck. Our bakery supplies our food truck with all its bread products and our stand with all its deserts, baked goods, and banana bread. Our bakers work hard and it's best to have some baking experience when you join this team.

    3 - Roadside Stand - Our roadside stand and marketplace, located on the historic road to Hana, open each day 8am-6pm, is a popular destination for locals, visitors, and tour buses. We sell our own handcrafted products as well as host various local vendors. In addition, our farm stand sells fruit, coffee, tea, farm sodas, pastries, desserts, and our best-selling banana bread. Since being one of the first stops along the Hana Highway, we can get extremely busy no matter the season. With that being said, you will need to work well under pressure, either alone or with 1-2 coworkers at a time. Some of your duties will include preparing drinks, checking out and engaging with customers, sweeping/cleaning, organizing, restocking, counting change, opening/closing the stand, and more.

    4 - Farm Cook - We have a farm cook position for our residents’ lunch and dinner. You will be cooking for around 20 people for each meal. Each meal preparation shift is 3 hours. You will use our residents’ kitchen and pantry, which is fully stocked with vegetarian ingredients and farm-grown veggies and salads when available. You may need to take into consideration certain dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan. If you have experience creating meals with these options, it's a plus.

    5 - Restaurant Kitchen - Over the past 10 years, our farm restaurant has evolved to offer a full lunch menu throughout the week and wood-fired pizzas on Fridays and Saturdays, alongside music on Friday nights. We are looking for workers who are comfortable and experienced in meat and vegetable prep, who can follow our simple recipes and learn to use the smokers and ovens for our meats. We also need folks to work the line and grill during service hours. On pizza evenings we will need workers with experience with pizza or willing to learn how to manage the pizza ovens, toss dough and top pizza.

    6. Restaurant Front of House - Our restaurant can get very busy. We need people who are comfortable working under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include making sure our guests are greeted with aloha, getting to know the locals, and helping ensure food is getting out smoothly. We have a large open-air seating area and use a pager system to let people know when their food is ready. Service now includes a lot of takeout pizza orders so you have to have to be comfortable with phone orders.

    7 -Land Crew - We focus on building a sustainable system for our food supply, product kitchen, and restaurant. We have developed fruit groves and an intensive low till crop rotation plan with an emphasis on building healthy soil for our vegetables and salads. Over time we have learned which cultivars do well in our short days and wet climate and have learned how to nurture the varieties that will grow here. We are moving toward growing crops that we can propagate for continuous supply and heirloom varieties where we can save our seeds. A lot goes into maintaining and harvesting our edible landscapes, veggie patches, and fruit crops, and we are looking for people willing and able to work hard in the rain or shine.

    8 - Construction and Special Projects - Our project was created on bare land with no utilities or structures. Over the past 20 years, we have built everything on the farm. A day is always about building and growing as a farm, a business, and a homestead. Current projects range from short-term small projects to our larger ongoing projects. Some projects require very skilled and professional builders, others smaller projects can be done by those with amateur skills.

    We are always interested in recruiting folks with construction skills, including framing, electrical, plumbing, and concrete pouring. We also like to work with artists that can produce sign work for the farm and store, and those with specialized skills in areas such as aquaculture and self-sustainability projects.

    9. Marketing and Design - We are always looking to recruit residents with specialized knowledge that can help build our farm business including skills like graphic design, marketing, photography, videography, social media, SEO, online sales, copywriting, and web development.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our property is 1/2 mile from the black sand beach, secret freshwater pools, and 3 miles before the town. We are minutes from waterfalls, freshwater caves, bamboo forests, venus pools, the red sand beach and fantastic surfing beaches.

    Some residents begin residency in a tent platform- we try not to have people live in tents too long but it's a great way to begin life on the farm, living minimally and becoming acquainted with the land. We have cabins and rooms available on a first come basis, and most residents live in cabins or in the dorms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a food business and homestead and we tend to recruit foodies. One main criteria for accepting people is their experience and skillset.

    You will not need money to live here on the farm, however we do offer an hourly wage and we eat very well.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 days a week, 25 hours maximum a week

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