Join our sustainable Eco community on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an organic permaculture farm & sustainable Eco community between Pahoa Town & Pohoiki Beach Hot Sorings on the Big Island of Hawaii . We are off the grid using mostly all solar (propane to cook with & have hot showers with on rainy days ~ solar water heater on sunny days).. We grow about 50-70 different kinds of tropical exotic fruits & have a large veggie garden space as well.

    There is a community center which is a giant geo dome for everyone to chill or have ceremonies , play music , do yoga , etc in . There are a three cabins , my house and a few deluxe tent sites that are large tents more like screen houses on dry platforms that have solar plug ins to charge things & lights and also water to each tent site. There is a small community kitchen for tenters to use; we are working on building a new large community kitchen. All the cabins have their own kitchen in them. The showers are hot and are in giant bamboo. Each cabin / tent site is fully furnited with bamboo & rattan furniture. A tea lounge built with bamboo around a fire pit and a community fruit porch are also to enjoy .

    We are located in the middle of old growth rainforest. 4 miles to the beach (2 miles as a bird flies ) And 7 miles to town. At 350 feet. We have a sugar cane juicer and a yoga swing in the dome. We practice non violent communication as our intention for harmonious communal vibrations and the peace of a healing sanctuary. There is no meat allowed on the farm, can eat that in town or elsewhere!

    We have about 6 sheep, 50 chickens, 9 rabbits , 14 cats 4 ducks, 4 small dogs & 10 Guinea pigs that sometimes need help . Such as collecting manure to make compost tea microbes (raking and bring to tea bubbler in a bucket) , hoof trimming , & other general care for animals. We grow hardwood bamboo & would like to build cabins with it . Could use a hand building a sauna . Our swimming pool is 90% dug out ; could use a hand digging it out more. We use the soil to plant gardens & Ginger beds in. We make our own fertilizer . Repairing fence line to keep sheep in and pigs out is a constant chore .

    Gardening / growing food (planting seeds , weeding beds, ) is a great work trade project also! Watering fruit trees in the nursery during drought is also work trade as well as weeding / devining plants & cutting came grass. Picking large quantities of fruit is a great work trade option . A hard job currently is moving a fence .. Also planting fruit seeds in pots in our fruit tree nursery is an enjoyable job! Transplatingthings like taro, bananas, ginger, turmeric , pineapples, etc... and planting fruit trees are all examples of what we work on weekly !!

    We are always improving existing accommodations and adding on more community centers...
    Cabins and deluxe tent sites are on a first come first serve type of basis within a general time acceptance of holding a spot for u if it's not too far away ...!

    I can answer general questions here now such as : bring rain boots / waterproof shoes , an umbrella (weather is always sunny rainy sunny rainy and unpredictable like that ~ my farm has deep soil unlike the rest of the Big Island is mostly lava rock so it can get muddy). Hitchhiking is a very common & accepted mode of getting around in the island . Also u can catch rides with anyone leaving the farm for town runs or beach outings . Accommodations include fruit and produce from the farm. Usually enough for breakfast smoothies / fruit salads with sprouted coconut on top. A savory lunch off the farm
    Could be such as tarot, squash, breadfruit , avocodos , green papaya salad , salad / spinaches etc .....

    I do not provide towels . Bringing your own bedding is encouraged.
    Please bring a sheet & blanket of u can. If not I have some avail for the price of wash at laundry mat. Work trade is 7-10 hours a week depending on which spot you get.

    I also have to say Evan tho I don't enjoy saying this but I have to say it : if you don't do your work trade by the end of the week , you get an extra week to make it up. If you have not caught up on hours by the end of the 2 nd week ~ well you had two weeks to find a new place to live and have to move out by the end of the 2nd week which falls in a Sunday. (Then you owe me back work trade hours to make up still- not a free place for two weeks !)

    We have a Monday morning meeting that is optional to attend . It's encouraged as a team morality building & is a platform for anyone to address anything farm related & also talk about priorities for the week & options .. The time spent at the meeting counts as work trade.

    You can do your work trade at your own rate .. There is no set time of the day you must do it. As long as it is don't by the end of the week and is written down clearly in the log book on Your page .

    There is wifi . ATT cell phones work best . . .

    There are usually between 5-17 folks on the land.
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  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Work exchange is for accommodations, fruit & produce off the farm , propane for cook stoves , propane for hot showers (solar showers on sunny days), water , toilet paper provided , trash & recycling removal , water provided , furnited accommodations, & solar electricity is included ...

  • Help

    Help

    This an organic permaculture farm & sustainable Eco community between Pahoa Town & Pohoiki Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii . We are off the grid using mostly all solar (except propane to cook with & have hot showers with propane on rainy days ~ solar water heater on sunny days).. We grow about 50-70 different kinds of fruit & have a nice veggie garden as well. There are two community buildings which a are giant geo dome and also a big Thai style bamboo split roof 6 sided tea lounge for worktrader friends to chill in; or have ceremonies , play music , do yoga , etc in . There are four cabins , my house and four deluxe tent sites (tent sites are large tents {more like screen houses} on dry platforms that have solar plug ins to charge things & lights and also water to each tent site). There is a small community kitchen for tenters to use; we are working on building a new large community kitchen. All the cabins have their own kitchen in them. The showers are hot and are in giant bamboo. One shared bathroom . One shared solar fridge in the community kitchen . Each cabin / tent site is fully furnited with bamboo, rattan & wicker furniture. We are located in the middle of old growth rainforest called the Malama Ki Forest Reserve. We are about 4 miles to the beach and hot springs (2 miles as a bird flies ) And 7 miles to town. We are at 350 feet elevation . We have a sugar cane juicer and a coconut climber . We practice non violent communication as our intention for harmonious communal vibrations and the peace of a healing sanctuary. There is no meat allowed on the farm. No problem if u eat it elsewhere ;)
    We have 6 sheep, 50 chickens, 9 rabbits , 14 cats , 4 small dogs & 5 Guinea pigs that sometimes need help . (Such as collecting manure to make compost tea microbes raking the barn or coups and bring to tea bubbler /compost tea maker, hoof trimming , & other general care for animals). We grow hardwood bamboo & use it to build art installations that hold people such as a giant merkabah and other structures with it .
    Work trade duties on our farm usually consist of things like this: Repairing fence line to keep sheep in and pigs out, Painting , Gardening /growing food in our veggie garden (planting seeds into starter trays, transplanting sprouted veggie sprouts into garden beds , making raised beds and weeding veg garden), Watering fruit trees in the nursery during drought , fertilizing fruit trees and pineapples, weeding the nursery, devining fruit trees in the orchards , cutting cane grass and covering with weed cloths, raking the sheep barn , ringing junk trees , planting seeds from fruits we eat into pots , planting trees out of the nursery into the orchards and understory of the jungle , feeding chickens, helping my father load his truck for trash and recycling runs , and picking fruit. We Could use a hand building a sauna in the future . Our swimming pool is 90% dug out ; could use a hand digging it out more. We use the soil from the swimming pool hole to plant seeds with or make new turmeric & Ginger beds in. Other misc jobs may be helping with simple structures , or helping lift / move something heavy like fallen bamboo or a battery , etc that I need to take to the solar place or whatever it may be I need a hand lifting /not able to lift it because I'm healing a fractured neck or is a two person job like new furniture for a cabin , or bags of chicken or sheep food - all examples of what I sometimes need help lifting!!
    Cabins and deluxe tent sites are on a first come first serve type of basis within a general time acceptance of holding a spot for u if it's not too far away ...!
    We have a community fruit porch with a screened giant fruit shelf to help yourself to your share of fruit. It's also a community porch for folks to gather together and share in the abundance ! This is where we put the fruit we pick and keep it stocked . Every month seems to be a different look in the fruit shelves - seasons of fruit ripening varies and changes frequently !
    I can answer general questions here now such as : bring rain boots / waterproof shoes , an umbrella (weather is always sunny rainy sunny rainy and unpredictable like that (usually sunny tho - but it is a rainforest so we get plenty rain too! ) ~ my farm has deep soil unlike the rest of the Big Island is mostly lava rock so it can get muddy). Hitchhiking is a very common & accepted mode of getting around in the island . Also u can catch rides with me or my father leaving the farm for town runs or beach outings . Accommodations include fruit and produce from the farm. Usually enough for breakfast smoothies / fruit salads with sprouted coconut on top. A savory lunch off the farm
    Could be such as tarot, squash, breadfruit , avocodos , green papaya salad , salad / spinaches etc .....
    I do not provide towels . Bringing your own bedding is encouraged.
    Work trade for the tents is 10 hours a week . Cabins are 15 hours a week . Includes propane for cook stove .

    I also have to say Evan tho I don't enjoy saying this but I have to say it : if you don't do your work trade by the end of the week , you get an extra week to make it up. If you have not caught up on hours by the end of the 2 nd week ~ well you had two weeks to find a new place to live and have to move out by the end of the 2nd week which falls in a Sunday. -not a free place to stay and just leave !)

    We have a Monday morning meeting that is optional to attend . It's encouraged as a team morality building & is a platform for anyone to address anything farm related & also talk about priorities for the week & options ..

    You can do your work trade at your own rate .. There is no set time of the day you must do it. As long as it is done by the end of the week and is written down clearly in the log book on Your page .
    There is wifi . Att cell phones work best .

    There are usually between 5-20 folks on the land.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Cabins are for rent or work trade .. each have kitchenettes in them . Also avail are deluxe tents (20 foot tents or hexagon tent) that have power and water to them on dry platforms with use of community kitchen including solar fridge ..and use of community center which is a 30 foot geo dome. Our new tea lounge is also a community center . It has a fire pit in the middle and Japanese style sitting tables and four hammocks . It is built with bamboo grown and harvested on site ! It is 36 feet wide and has a Thai style split roof and is 6 sided .

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nearby are 3 hot springs , best surf spot on the Big Island , beaches, ecstatic dances & extended spiritual minded community events ...
    Hitchhiking is an accepted and very common means of transportation in our area. You can also feel free to catch a ride to town or the beach with me or others on the farm !

  • 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

    10 hours a week for tent screen houses , 15 hours a week for cabins







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