Help at a family farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA

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United States

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    About the Farm

    !! We are a farm located on the Big Island of Hawaii that has successfully hosted helpers since 2010 (previously through another website). Our area, located in the uplands of Puna, has not experienced a lava flow for 800 years, so staying here is very safe. We are a couple named Linda and Osh and we welcome workawayers who speak Spanish, Japanese, or Thai (Linda speaks Spanish and Osh speaks Japanese and Thai). Occasionally our grown-up daughter lives here too.

    This is an environmentally aware farm which grows crops using organic methods such as composting, mulching, and cover cropping. We raise tropical hardwood trees, fruit trees, vegetables and herbs on 20 acres. We also have a menagerie of sheep, cattle, chickens, a donkey, horses and dogs and cats. We welcome volunteers who can work 20 hours a week by helping out on the farm. We offer payment for specific tasks like weed-whacking and seasonal fruit harvesting, but these opportunities are limited. Unfortunately, we do not generate enough money from farm activities to support us financially and Osh still has a full-time job.

    Our farm is located just 30 minutes by bus from the town and beaches of Hilo and 30 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the east side of the Island of Hawaii. We supply an abundance of vegetables and seasonal fruits from the farm. We also supply some staple foods like rice, bread, pasta, peanut butter, oil, salt, and sugar, which we buy in bulk so it is cheaper than if you bought it. We supply farm-fresh eggs.

    We encourage musicians, artists, yogis, adventurers, and those who love to meditate to apply here! As avid travelers ourselves, we love to learn about different cultures. We spend our free time swimming at the beach and hiking on some beautiful trails and of course you are invited to come with us! Come share your world with us! If interested, please message us.

    When you contact us, please include a biography about yourself and what you would like to gain from your experience here. Alternatively, include a link to your Workaway profile. Mahalo!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn about tropical farming and gardening and what it is like to live on the beautiful island of Hawaii! We love learning new languages and about your culture. Osh can teach you ukulele and/or guitar. Opportunities to learn gardening and farming techniques such as air layering, grafting, integrated pest management, green manures, companion planting, etc. if you are interested (Linda has a Master's Degree in Horticulture)

  • 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

    Planting, harvesting, weeding, mulching, watering, greenhouse maintenance, compost building, minor fence repair, animal care with our cows, sheep, donkey, horses, and chickens,

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Thai, Japanese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a comfortable apartment with private bathroom in our barn that is big enough for two people. It has a cookstove and fridge so you can prepare your own meals. It has a private entrance and is off the grid.

    You can harvest your own vegetables and fruits (papaya, banana, seasonal lychee, pineapple, orange, tangerine, etc.), fresh from the farm. We also provide some staples like rice, pasta, bread, peanut butter, oil, salt, and sugar, which we buy in bulk.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visiting the beach (30 minutes away), waterfalls, and the easy-going university town of Hilo. Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for hikes that appeal to all abilities. Ecstatic Dance on the weekend in Hilo or Puna. Visiting other breath-taking areas of the island, such as in Kona or Kohala, for the weekend. Bus stop is less than 10 minutes away by bike or 25 minutes away by walking.



    A handout on Workawayer rules that help us cooperate harmoniously will be provided if you are coming to our farm.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week


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