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Mele Nahiku
PO BOX 922
Hana, HI 96713

Contact: Zeoc Mosheyev, Jennifer Mosheyev

Phone: 808-248-8023

Email: melenahiku@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.melenahikufarm.com

Last Updated: 03-08-2013

General Description: We are a family of homesteaders on an east Maui farm (L.Nahiku, 10 miles from Hana), and are looking to form an eco village. Lots of fun and lots of motivated work to be had. Dedicated people needed to help with all types of projects: solar, ponds, animals, gardens, pathways, etc. We are currently homeschooling our 3 boys, ages 1, 5 and 8. On the farm we have 6 goats, 30 chickens, 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 turtles, a rabbit, and composting worm bins. They all need lots of time and love. We have lots of infrastructure in place with many hopes and plans for the future. We have many things growing here...Bananas, papayas, sweet potatoes, taro, lots of greens, many other fruit trees (avocado, starfruit, etc.), and a central garden full of herbs and veggies, depending on the time of year. We have a few different 'jungle' structures on the property; A yoga space which is currently housing our ping pong table(!), a large garden tent, a composting toilet, a few small screened in bedroom structures, our family house, and a large community space with communal kitchen, outdoor shower, phone, weight room, and workshop. We are trying to live simply and lightly, and we are living off the grid with solar panels and rain catchment. East Maui gets lots of rain interspersed with sunny breezy weather. We enjoy year round temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees.

Internship Starts: immediately
Internship Ends: flexible
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline:
Minimum Length of Stay: three months

Meals: At present we make two dinners a week for everyone on the farm. We ask for a $100 a month contribution for food staples and kitchen supplies and much harvesting from the land. We are located far from a grocery store, so have found it easier to buy staple foods in bulk and distribute accordingly. We love sharing meals with everyone and usually enjoy more than 2 meals a week all together, cooking lovely, organic, local food!

Skills Desired: Gardening experience, handyman skills, animal care, off-grid living. We would love to host the classic homesteader!

Educational Opportunities: We are always learning together on the farm. Educational opportunities are not limited to: hawaiian culture and planting, solar systems, animal care, off-grid living.

Stipend: No stipend. We are currently asking a contribution of $300 a month, which includes $100 a month toward staple foods and kitchen supplies. This amount encompasses a working experience that parallels no other job or life experience we can imagine. We have been fully invested here for eleven years and are willing and able to share all of the lands advances. Our goal is to attract people who are serious about homesteading and living simply with others, and who want to be part of a growing eco village in a remote location on Maui.

Housing: Simple screened in structures (for individual or couple) without electricity or simple solar power. There is a composting toilet nearby, and a large barn with kitchen, outdoor shower, phone and minimal electricity. Very simple living conditions, with possibility to improve or upgrade, depending on amount of time invested.

Preferred method Of Contact: email or phone

Internship Details: Work on the farm varies from day to day. Milking goats, foraging for animals, weeding, planting, turning compost piles, sifting soil, etc. Many new projects are being started often. We request 3 hrs/day, 2 days per week working as a group. An additional 5 hrs a week of self motivated work or directed projects in areas of expertise. Must maintain area around personal structures.


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