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Persons: 5
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 87459
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: February 6, 2020

We have openings for a single or a couple in one of our "fancy" cabins. No tobacco, please. Also, some of the cabins have showers and flush toilets, some use a rudimentary composting toilet and the community shower has lots of hot water but it isn't fancy. There are chickens wandering around, and they poop. If you are looking for hotel conditions, this isn't it. If you are looking for a beautiful setting and some adventure and would like to learn something about plants and Hawaii, please come on board.

We have a ten acre property with Anthuriums, coffee, orchids and lots of fruit trees, located in the rural side of the Big Island, far from the tourist areas of the state. While the growing is not organic, we try to use as little chemical input as possible. It is a peaceful and safe place, We raise chicken, eggs, and are looking at raising catfish and tilapia. We have two acres of producing coffee and picking season has begun. There is a community garden that helps feed everyone, and how well it is working depends on who is here to work in it. We built a hydroponic lettuce system that works very well. Two of our cabins have electricity and flush toilets, and the other two have solar lights but no running water (we are working on it). After hours the entire 10 acres and adjoining state forest is yours. It is peaceful and quiet. There is a separate hot shower and composting (non flush) outhouse style toilet, a kitchen area with a propane stove, running water, electricity and a full sized refrigerator. We have WiFi and electricity available on the porch of the office. The land is about a mile from the small town of Pahoa and is an easy to walk or bike ride (we have bikes available). There is a great health food store there as well as the usual stores and restaurants. You will have the luxury of very few man made noises at night, as this is a rural agricultural setting. Duties can be picking and processing coffee, landscaping, planting, feeding, fertilizing, and propagation of exotic plants, help with orchids. Those handy with tools could help with the construction of another cabin.

Christopher has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Horticultural Science and 30 years experience with tropical plants and can share knowledge to those who are eager to learn. We expect 20 hours of help a week per person and are flexible about when those hours happen, but typically it is from 7:30 am to 11:30 am Monday thru Friday and then we all have lunch that we provide. We prefer people who can stay at least a couple weeks. Food can be acquired at the natural health food store or two grocery stores or at the Sunday Farmers market. Bananas, oranges, tangerines and papaya may be picked at the farm for consumption when in season, and the garden may be producing many kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, bok choi, eggplant, beans, radish, onion, wong bok and more, depending on how ambitious previous helpers have been. Christopher provides lunch for workers Monday through Friday, usually homemade bread, and lettuce from the garden, veggies, meats and cheese. Often Thai curry. We make our own coconut milk (you can too). No outside guests allowed on the farm without permission.

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