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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 87237
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: August 12, 2018

Requesting 12 hours per week for housing only. Separate private cabins w/ kitchen. Central flush toilet and hot shower!

Thank you for your interest in our farm.

For photos please visit our Facebook page link above.

We are living on a 3 acres homestead / retreat located 18 miles from Hilo in the Puna Rainforest at an elevation of 1,200 feet. The main language is English and Christl also speaks German.

FAQ: >How many people can you accommodate at once? Two couples and /or up to 3 as a group, staying in either in a nice one room cottage or the shoji door inspired cabin. Both have their own kitchen!

We ask for 2 weeks minimum stay and prefer 1 month. >

How many hours a week will you ask them to help? We offer housing only in exchange for 12 hours per week. which may be arranged to work two or three days a week so you see the island. >

What kind of tasks will they be doing? Gardening, rock wall building/repair, minor construction, landscape maintenance, and creating new garden beds. Mainly we are gardening and maintaining the land. There are a few building details to finish as well as some interesting off the grid type projects>

What kind of food will you provide? At this time mainly some food from the garden -generally kale at this time. You will need to provide for most of your food needs.

What kind of accommodations will they be living in? Clean and comfortable one room cottage with outdoor kitchen and unheated shower. Flush toilet out house short distance away. Hot showers at the main house. Solar panels for electric lights and minor electronics.

We are 18 miles from Hilo. There is easy hitch hiking to the bus stop (6 miles away) to Hilo. We also can offers ride to town 2 to 3 days a week. >

What will you be teaching your volunteers? How to live a good life with a minimum carbon footprint. Love for the land and caring for each other. All aspects of maintaining a homestead in a rain forest. We are still learning to increase our food production.

Why do you feel you would be a suitable Host? > We are a mature couple that love good conversation, 16 years experience on the land and wishing to share its beauty and bounty. Since August 2012 we have hosted a total of over 80 people. They must be having a good time because many stay for 2 months or more!

Please come and join us!

Christl and Sam

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