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Ninole
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8.5
Persons: 2 to 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 92161
Region: Hawaii

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Last Updated: May 13, 2019

posted on April 27th, 2019.
We are now accepting helpers Starting in July, to October 31st

Looking for a mature couple, of almost any age, for two to four month commitment who already know they have a passion for gardening, farming and/or helping the earth. Daily focus will include the greenhouse, garden, orchard, processing phobiatic fermented veggies and reopening trail to the waterfall and pool. Requirements to agree on are: Work is 20 to 30 hours per week per person. Have existing lifestyle and work habits that don't include the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Keeping personal accommodations and shared spaces clean and orderly. Be very cool and quiet about sharing your faith, politics, conspiracies, and personal matters. Act as team leaders for one to three other helpers who might be staying for as little as 10 days to help with same duties. Work is divided between growing, harvesting in the greenhouse,, and garden. Taking care of the needs of 25 laying hens, collecting, and washing eggs, making fermented probiotic organic veggies, mulch making during the annual Mulch Making Festival, preparing for our very local “Hakalau Farmers Market and FoodShare” on tuesday from 2:30 PM to 5 PM. There is some yard work around our potting room, helpers lounge, greenhouse and where you live, and then you get a treat! Improvement projects for farm and Helpers accommodation dwellings will include: New irrigation systems for greenhouse, and garden, painting, tiling, and miscellaneous upkeep.

This statement of purpose covers all focus points, and might not be part of the short time you spend and Every One Grows. The rules apply to those who might want to come, and be those helpers, for a minimum time of 10 days, or longer.
Who I will be during your stay and how will we live and work together:
I will instruct, work and answer all questions about Every One Grows, farm manual, methods, practices, and special projects, and help with new irrigation system for greenhouse.

We, being my wife, I and the mighty power of 165 wwoofers, coming over the past 11 years, have practiced organic farming in the greenhouse, garden, organic free range for laying hens. Without Farmers there’s no food, but without Farm Helpers there is no farming.
Our methods and technologies we learned and adopted from natural farming done over the past 70 years. We have created good soil balance for better nutrient delivery. We use no organic pesticides because the increase in indendengous micro organismes has fully captured, the full attention of 95% of the bugs, and depending on rainfall amounts reduces fungus , mold and bacteria very effectively. We have about a billion effective and indigenous microorganisms working all day, and night. Please come and meet them, but don't be offended, as they are very quiet. Sometimes they say nothing for months. - bless their very little hearts!

At 67 years old I have some health issues, and the natural process and remedies that I need to spend time on will consume a lot of my day, but I will be present most days, available by phone and some days be a working team leader.

As I’m a full time caregiver to my handicapped wife, Pam, I go to Hilo two or three times per week, and sometimes to Kona to keep our household running, and will be happy to give you rides to and fro. There is a Big Island public bus system and hitchhiking is legal, and on this island within rules of the road is safe. At least once per week after being out on the bus or a hitchhike I will come down the hill and give you a ride up. It’s a full two miles up and pretty steep.We have very good unlimited internet, and free use of our laundry for washing and drying during the posted hours.
Occasionally I will cook dinner for everyone. Don't run now, I’m a great cook.
For at least one meal per day, if at all possible, I would ask that dinner is a team effort from start to cleaning up. It is one way we can get together and also reduce the use of resources, within the meal process, that directly contributes to climate change - it will taste better.
Climate change has affected the northeast, east and south east of the Big Island over the past 25 years with differing degrees of drought and above average rainfall. Over the past 17 months it has been extra rainy, annoying and destructive. In one four day period we had 40 in. of rain. It has been the eighth wettest cycle since 1950 and the ground never dried out and mostly was soft, wet, and muddy. Not good for a farmer. All areas around Hilo average 150+ inches per year, and at higher elevations in east hawaii 20% more rain or higher. My property is at 1,300 ft. - 1,360’, with average yearly rainfall of 200 inches. Most eastside rain comes in the fall and winter months from february 1st toward the end of april. It was more than 200 inch per year. It was predicted 5 months ago that we would be swinging toward much dryer and sunny weather that appears during the El Nino weather pattern. Over the past 30 days in march and april much better weather started, and if this El Nino cycle intensifies we could have super weather, which has been the case over the past 25 years when a El Nino cycle kicks in. El Nino cycles have increased over the same time and have caused drought, residential water shortages, and fires, and typically is the reason you see heavy rain and flood damage in california, oregon and washington - it's referred to sometimes as the pineapple express. Hawaii eastside rain, and clouds float over to the west coast. Typical Summers, like most places, is the best weather of the year.

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