If you'd like to learn organic sustainable farming, vermiculture, raising chickens, market operations and such, we have just the opportunity for you, and for the time being it is free ... in fact, we will even provide accommodations and some food. We have had participants who paid almost a thousand dollars at other educational farms who told us that they had not learned even a fraction of what we cover here.
"The Terraces" is the life long dream of founder, Stacey Richards who is a registered nurse and a Certified Master Gardener in Hawaii and Rhode Island. It was created to provide an environment for people to learn about farming, their health and nutrition, as well as provide a venue for community activities. The Terraces' motto is, "where small things matter, choose wisely."
In Hawaii we have a word, "Ohana". Now the literal meaning of Ohana is family. The way it is often used is to describe a guest house or spare bedroom, because that is where your Ohana would stay. So at The Terraces we try to provide both. A place to learn, to rest your head and a place where you feel at home. The Terraces is a place where you are treated as Ohana. "The Terraces" is a educational and demonstration sustainable farm. Located on the south side of Hawaii's Big Island. We specialize in everything from fresh food, to the Hawaii experience. But everything we do here we do with love, a smile, and the Aloha spirit.
We are a new and developing two acre, non-certified organic, sustainable farm to market to table operation and educational retreat, with two vacation rentals located in a very rural area of the Ka'u District of the Big Island of Hawai'i. Stacey (our farmer) If you want to learn about small scale sustainable farming, food sourcing, farmers' markets, and food preparation Stacey would love to help out. On our two acres we are growing well over 100 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
We are offering education and training, as well as the use of a cozy cabin with an incredible view of South Point and the Pacific Ocean in exchange for farm and retreat duties: primarily planting, watering, harvesting, weeding, and maintenance. This arrangement is most suitable for a couple and requires a commitment of 15 total hours of effort each, per week, done between 8:00 and 11:00 AM. Days off are flexible, we strive to provide two days off in a row. If there is just one person you commit to 20 total hours, mainly between 8:00 AM and Noon.
There is access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, shower, hot water, etc. The living quarters are on the grid with 120v electricity. We are adding a private toilet (now done) and shower.
You must enjoy rural living, but prior farm experience, while a plus, is not necessary. Many of our students come here to learn about sustenance farming here in Hawaii. We'd like an initial commitment of three weeks, Beyond that, by mutual agreement, it may be possible to move to a three month commitment. Longer than three months is rare, but not unheard of.
This is a very rural area. It can be inconvenient if you do not have a scooter or car. Walking to the market is about two miles and steep. You can likely catch a ride up and down as we go about our day. There are buses to Kona and Hilo on a twice daily (to and from) schedule.
No children, no pets. We have are two excellent friendly cats and a very friendly and well behaved dog ... we do not want to disturb the current equilibrium.
There is no tuition or other charge, housing is, as noted, free. You will need to purchase your own food, cook your own meals, some farm vegetables and fruit will be available, that is seasonal and negotiable.
We have plenty of fresh air and a 2980 foot elevation that makes air conditioning or heating obsolete. At night you can look out and on a clear night, see all the stars in the Milky Way that you miss in more "civilized" locations.
Local activities include: hiking, swimming, snorkeling, ocean side cliffs for jumping and diving, snorkeling, volcanoes, lava hikes, dolphin swims, and whales (in season).
If you are interested, please reply and leave a contact number and let us know what time zone you are in, so that we can chat.