All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 69
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 37489
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Last Updated: November 6, 2019
Here’s the deal: we have a farm on the island of Maui. It runs year-round and we have volunteers come to help out. We usually get volunteers from the Wwoofer USA program. However we have had a lot of helpX volunteers as well.
ALOHA! Welcome to your two week “tour of duty”.
We are excited to have you here with us providing stewardship and sharing your talents to LFF. Please go over the following materials and if you any questions bring attention to the Wwoofer coordinator on the farm.
Respect and Politeness:
We carefully watch that we don’t send out any unnecessary “negative waves” , It is critically important that we don’t make fun of people, even in a joking way, it will go a lot farther in making everyone feel welcome, safe and secure. We have many cultures represented at the farm.
“Please and Thank you” go without saying. Promptness is a sign of respect for those that you are working with & highly valued here at LFF. We are living communally and respect to others you are living with is very important.
- Do things that you are not asked to do
- empty trash when you see it filling up, replace trash bags
- clean the bathroom, kitchen or any other shared space
- put stuff away
- Let a farm supervisor know when water or other supplies are running low
- KEEP YOUR AREA CLEAN AT ALL TIMES-please make your beds
*No foreign animals on the farm.
*No guests to the farm unless approved by owners, and then just for the purpose of an escorted farm tour
*No drinking alcohol on the farm. Never any marijuana use on the farm. If you do not have a current State of Hawaii medical card please do not come to the farm under the influence.
*No negative attitudes or disrespectful behavior towards any one on the farm. No tolerance will be given for such behavior
*Don’t just sit around while others are working. Either help out or make yourself scarce.
*Try to avoid foul language. We are not a monastery, but too much “foul talk” gets old and falls under the category of impolite
*Do not leave things laying around
*Please close screen doors open unless you enjoy sleeping w/bugs
*Please keep bathroom area clean out of respect for the next user
*Do not waste water, food, paper products or any other resources provided for your benefit while on the farm. Conservation is very important in our farming conditions
*DO NOT drive or ask to drive any of the farm vehicles. If we ask you to drive something it is just for that one time. Please do not “jump” on an ATV and think it is ok...It is not
*Surfboards,paddle boards & other water toys are located in the WWoof shack thanks to previous volunteers.
*WE are always willing to give rides into or back from town if we are already coming or going. The best way to handle this is a broadcast text asking if anyone is going to town or if anyone is on their way home from town.
*Many times the owners or family members with partners or perhaps other WWoofers want time alone. We have community areas that you are welcome to retreat to if you need time alone
*Don’t talk about others behind their back. Communication is critical and it is very important to address concerns face to face.
*Don’t be a sneaky-be
*Please pick up any tool that you see being left out by mistake. If you walk by a tool Please put it away
*Don’t walk by a leaky pipe or tube and not tell owner ASAP
*Don’t break something and not tell wwoofer lead/supervisor ASAP
Instructions for what seem to be menial tasks:
Simply put, everything has a purpose. Nothing is menial
Yes weeding seems menial. However doing it wrong can ruin our irrigation lines, and cut your fingers.
It seems menial to pour gas into a weed whacker- However, the last major fire was started by someone pouring gas into a hot weed whacker on dry grass. Many homes were lost.
Starting a pump, weed whacker, chainsaw motor should be “no big deal”. It is easy to do it wrong and break a starter cord or do something that could render the critically needed tool inoperable.
Even if you have a chain saw at home. It is much too dangerous to let you use ours. Yes it is no big deal. But a severed limb can really become a big deal.
Ok so a chipper is simple right? All you do is feed it limbs and it chips them into beautiful mulch. All I can say about this menial task is ask the guys at a neighboring farm that watched their friend stick his hand in to free a stick. No he did not lose a finger or a hand.... He lost his life.
As stated on our woofer webpage, food will often times be basic. If you are wanting additional items, you will need to purchase them yourselves. We do provide three meals a day while you stay here, and food on Hawaii is extremely costly so please keep that in mind.
We have a Wwoofer garden that supplies us vegetables along with chickens that occasionally supply us with eggs. We have banana trees and papayas as well for your sweet tooth. If you have any questions communicate those with the woofer coordinator before arrival. That goes with special diets as well. Please label and date all personal food items in the pantry. This will avoid any hard feelings when someone accidentally uses your food and will help us keep the pantry clean and stocked for your use.
Hydration is a critical component . If you wait until you are thirsty before you begin to hydrate, it is too late.
What to Bring:??
>Tent-great place to find a good tent is REI. If you need a basic cheap tent for say, under $50 you can pick one up at the local WalMart or Target
>Sleeping Pad, for you comforts sake. It is crucial to get a good nights sleep on the farm >Sleeping fleece or light sleeping bag-Nights can be warm in the summer and chilly in the winter months. The weather on Maui only varies by 10 degrees or so,however the summers seem to not cool down at night as much as the winter
>Work gloves- these can be garden type or leather. Both work just fine
>Work Shoes/boots – There are a lot of rocks and thorns on our farm and good safe protective foot ware is a good idea and will allow for more productivity
>Hat- for sun protection off face and neck
>Sunscreen spf 30 or higher
>Small flash light or head lamp. – There is limited electrical use so nights are dark.
>Water Bottle- hydration is key on the farm.
>Long sleeve work shirt, Long leg light work pants are a good idea if we happen to be clearing invasive plants from our fields or mountainsides
>Board shorts and swim suit-Lots of swimming on Maui
>Short sleeve and work shorts are the normal attire
>Flip Flops- FYI the cheaper the better-good ones can get ruined and generally do
>Your own chargers for laptop, phone etc.
>All of your own personal hygiene stuff.
>Any hobbies you enjoy and would like to bring with you to the farm
>INSURANCE it is important that you have proof of such. If none, we are not responsible for accidents that may occur
Have fun! This experience is going to be with you for the rest of your life! Enjoy learning from others on the farm and do so knowing that a great purpose is being accomplished.
Smile and get the task at hand done. You are here as a WWOOFer to live as a family and to get CHORES done.
The people you meet are either reflections of a repeated cycle or guides toward a new start. Notice the difference. We love having people here, and that is why you are here with us. To do projects as a FAMILY.
Be willing to learn.
Usually, our chores begin at 7am and we generally wrap things up by noon. This allows the rest of your day and evenings to activities. Remember to set your alarm, giving you ample time to make your bed, brush your teeth, hydrate as well as physically & mentally prepare for your day. When we have new volunteers joining us we all meet at 6:30 to welcome them and give an orientation. Be sure to have completed your breakfast and washed your dishes prior to the meeting start time.
Miscellaneous questions and comments that should be addressed:
Water jug operation
Highlight respect - in all that you do
Examples of activities:
First aid kits
Towels or clothes at shower not good
Treat kitchen as a commercial kitchen
Power consumption- is a critical component-fridge iced Think about what you are getting from refrigerator- power conservation
Sink drain- no plug- no garbage disposals
Toilet paper-3 sheets per flush
Cost of water, fuel, etc explanation
Ask about “The domino effect”
Communication: is critical
Shala and Ohana areas are by invitation of Owner ONLY (Boundaries)
You are here to learn, share,and-absorb an amazing experience . You will get out of it what you put into it. Your Activity time can be spent on the farm doing things that you want to learn or contribute. They also consist of your own personal domestic activities. They also include things like-camping, exploring, surfing, and enjoying our beautiful island. There is no place better than. Maui, Hawaii! We say; “Maui No kaio”
Give feedback of the farm. During your stay or after let us know what you liked, what you didn’t like and we will be able to talk to you about it or help you understand why things are the way they are.
Sign the last page of this handbook and return to the woofer coordinator upon arrival to the farm. Please DO Not arrive with out this being complete
I ______________________________________________, Have read and acknowledge the above Volunteer do’s and don’t hand book. If I have any questions I will bring them to the attention of the staff and contribute the hours talked about. If unable to adhere to the farm rules I understand that I will be asked to leave at any time.