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Papaaloa Ranch
, HI 96780

Email: papaaloaranch@gmail.com, adamcrowemusic@gmail.com

Website: http://www.ainaexotics.com, http://www.katiestropicalkitchen.com

Last Updated: 05-26-2015

General Description: We are a new farm in the beginning stages of landscaping, planting, acquiring plant diversity, and growing market fruits and vegetables. This is an 11-acre farmland on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai'i Island (Big Island). It is in its early stages of implementing permaculture design principals and agroforestry along with no-till/low till vegetable production. It is an old plantation property with existing old forest and old fruit trees (avocado, mango, mountain apple, banana, guava, etc.). Now, the property is being planted with an abundance of exotic fruit trees and edible perennials, and annual vegetables.

Your hosts are Adam Crowe and Katie Amato and we are in our early 30's and are beginning our dream of creating a farm based on permaculture, sustainable, and local agricultural practices. Our goals are to design and set up the farm for future food security and sustainability, increase food production for local markets, increase plant diversity and build soil, create educational opportunities for wwoofers and other groups in the future. Note: we are not going to market yet, we expect that this is 6 months away. We are developing our land, our business plan and our future! Adam is also a great musician and Katie loves to cook and bake, has a masters is public health and passion for local affordable and good food. check out: adamcrowemusic.com, katiestropicalkitchen.com, ainaexotics.com

Internship Starts: 06-07-2015
Internship Ends: 12-15-2015
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: 12-15-2015
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 months

Meals: Meals and food: For 30 hours of work we will provide enough food and ingredients for 3 wholesome meals per day while you are on the farm.

This does not include beverages, snacks, or specialty items, beyond what we have readily available. Typical items we supply for interns can include the following ingredients (but not necessarily all the ingredients at the same time): chicken, pork, beef, eggs, canned tuna, beans, peanut butter, cheese, rice, tortillas, potatoes, bread, pasta, oats, pancake mix, pasta sauce, onions, garlic, fresh produce from our local farmers market and may include zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, eggplant, lemons, carrots. We also have cooking oil, some spices, and some condiments. Food available from the land varies with the season, but we have usually have plenty perennial greens and fresh herbs and often we have bananas. Most items will be replenished about 1 time per week as available.

Family style and collaborative meals will be shared when appropriate. In most cases interns will prepare their own meals. Within a mile there are other food options: a general store and a gas station with hot food and snacks. fyi- The closest large grocery store is 19 miles away. Other meal arrangements will be made on a case-by case basis.

Skills Desired: No experience is necessary, of course experience with landscaping, gardening, farming, construction, handyman type jobs are always a plus, so please mention them when applying! Also, previous work in physically active settings and outside in various weather conditions are a good sign that you'll enjoy your time here.

We value those who have strong work ethics, pay close attention to detail, are self-motivated and team players.

Educational Opportunities: Because we are a beginning farm, there is a diversity of experiences, no day is ever the same here. Opportunities for learning include: permaculture design and implementation, agroforestry, seed starting, transplanting, seed saving. Irrigation and landscaping. Garden bed construction, trellising, cover crops and living mulches. Vermicomposting, slow composting, and thermophilic composting. We grow a wide variety of food and can offer experience and information about many plants that thrive in tropical and sub tropical environments. We can offer experience and information on soil health, nutrients, amendments, low-til/no til farming.

Stipend: Sorry, as this time no monetary stipend is offered. Please see our competitive offer of food and housing.

Housing: Accommodations: We will provide shared sleeping accommodations in studio-style cottage with up to 4 interns at a time. The cottage is adjacent to (connected by a sliding glass door), our own studio-style home. There is an equipped kitchen with a sink, stovetop, toaster oven, fridge, French press, etc. for use by interns. We have a queen sized bed and box spring, a single bed, futons, etc. available on a first come-first serve basis. We will provide linens, pillows, and towels. There is WiFi and generally good cell phone reception. We have a clothes washer and laundry detergent for use by interns. There are lines for laundry to be hung. There is also a bathroom and shower in the cottage as well as an outdoor shower. Interns are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the shared living spaces (cleaning the floors, bathroom sinks, toilet and shower, kitchen sinks and surfaces) every 7 days. They are also responsible for doing their own laundry and dishes, and for cleaning their living spaces, and linens at the end of their stay. Respect: We value open communication and we respect individual personality. Please feel free to ask us questions, talk to us about concerns, provide suggestions, etc. We’re also hardworking individuals that are used rising with the sun, so we ask for “quiet time” from 10pm to 6am unless otherwise discussed. There are paying tenants that rent out 2 other cottages on the property and so we expect responsible, friendly behavior at all times. Heavy smoking, heavy drinking, and other illegal drugs aren’t welcome and we reserve the right to ask you to leave if we feel any behavior is inappropriate. Big Island Hawaii has the highest electrical costs in the nation so we ask that you help us conserve energy and resources by only using the lights when appropriate and remembering to turn them off when not needed. We do our best to use organic and natural practices not only for our food, but including what we use to clean our houses and our bodies. We encourage the use of biodegradable, natural products, and we avoid using highly aromatic synthetic soaps, hair products, chemical mosquito repellant, etc.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: We ask for about 30 hours of help per week (and offer accommodations and food for 3 meals/day (see meals and food). These 30 hours are typically Sunday-Thursday, about 9-5 with a break for lunch. We give Friday and Saturday off so that our guests can make use of the weekday bus schedule to travel. Other work/schedule arrangements are made on a case-by-case- basis.

Common Tasks: We are in the stages of early development and need help with expanding productivity, maintaining the land we have cleared, planting fruit trees, and clearing new land. This often entails weed whacking, mowing, digging out weeds, clearing understory forest, forming and maintaining vegetable beds, collecting compost materials, and putting systems in place that phase out high input labor. It is hard (often wet) work that requires physical strength and stamina, we ask that anyone who applies be aware of this and ready both physically and mentally to work hard and maintain a positive attitude. Gardening in the tropics is not easy, and the rainforest has unique challenges and rewards. The beauty is unmatched, but rugged by most standards.


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