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Kupa'a Farms
Box 458
Kula, HI 96790

Contact: Gerry Ross, Janet Simpson

Phone: 808-876-0678

Email: lavaboy458@gmail.com, janetsimpson943@gmail.com

Website: http://www.kupaafarms.org

Last Updated: 05-23-2016

General Description: Kupa'a Farms is a noncertified commercial organic farm on the slopes of Haleakala that produces tropical fruit, vegetables and award winning coffee off of 4 acres of cultivated land surrounded by pastures. We work extensively with compost that we produce on-farm and are dedicated to making the most of the local waste stream as an essential source of fertility. We sell at a farmers market, through a CSA share program, and to some of the top chefs on the island. We ask for 25 hours of work a week in exchange for a place to stay which are 200 ft2 cottages with off-the- grid electricity, kitchens, outdoor bathrooms and vegetable gardens for personal maintenance and sustenance. We are in a rural setting but about 25 minutes from the ocean. This internship is for people who are serious about sustainable agriculture and exceptional health through good soil and good food. We have openings throughout the year but a summer internship is ready for this year. Check us out (kupaafarms) on Facebook and Instagram.

Internship Starts: 06-01-2016
Internship Ends: 10-01-2016
Number of Interns: 2
App Deadline: 06-01-2016
Minimum Length of Stay: 1 month

Meals: You have a garden for growing your own vegetables and we share off grades from the farm. An excellent health food store is close for dry goods. Sunday morning pancakes are a must at the farmhouse.

Skills Desired: Enthusiasm, responsibility, passion, physical fitness....we can show you the rest.

Educational Opportunities: We provide excellent opportunities to learn about tropical and sustainable agriculture. Gerry teaches a 15 hour course in sustainable agriculture at the community college and by working alongside with him you will learn many aspects of the science of farming. Janet is a successful businesswoman and provides insight into marketing and structuring of accounting to keep a farm operating smoothly.

Stipend: None.

Housing: We have several 200 sq ft cottages that are standalone structures each of which could accommodate one person or a couple. They include solar electric, kitchen, outdoor shower with hot water, and Wi-Fi. They are considered rather luxurious by intern standards.

Preferred method Of Contact: e-mail

Internship Details: Interns are expected to provide 25 hours of work a week. Active work hours can include vegetable seeding and nursery work, transplanting in the fields, weed management, harvesting, pruning, mulching, compost management....basically all the things that keep a commercial farm afloat.


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