Help at a community farm
This Community Farm is situated on a long term lease at Wai Koa Plantation. This land hosts the 2-acre Kauai Food Forest project, the 42-plot Kalihiwai Community Garden, a livestock pasture and a 2-acre chicken and vegetable farm.
When this land project is complete, these will contribute to a fully integrated 7-acre education and research site for modeling community-based, organic food systems.
There are three core areas that the farm seeks to impact:
1. Affordable, Organic Food Production & Access: they produce and distribute high-quality, affordably-priced, and sustainably-grown food (eggs, livestock, fruit, and vegetables). They provide SNAP/EBT processing at five farmers markets island-wide with a plan to grow into more markets and are committed to providing healthy food by seeking organic certification in 2016.
2. Sustainable Agriculture Education: Through work days, workshops and internships, they provide immersive learning experiences for residents and visitors. There is an incredible opportunity to expose and educate people from all over the world on sustainable agriculture. Additionally, work immersion and internships support career development in sustainable agriculture, nonprofit operations, project management, and marketing. These focus areas tie into the larger Farmer Incubator training at the 75-acre Kilauea Agricultural Park Complex currently under development.
3. Research & Policy Projects: They promote sustainable and profitable agricultural production that supports local farmers. Farm worker housing solutions, equipment sharing, agritourism, and localizing feed and fertilizers are areas they have shown research and policy leadership in and will continue to lead the way towards resolving these and other fundamental hurdles to successful, organic farming on Kauai.
They focus on community-based, local food systems and institutional policies that support their growth and strive to empower our community to be the source of solutions. Many of the programs are replicable and promote a ‘train the trainer’ approach. Their models encourage people to find their voice, connect to their passion and take action.
You can help on the one Community Farm, which provides plant materials, educational opportunities, and food for the community. The 7-acres includes a permaculture/agroforestry food forest, community garden, livestock enclosure, and a 2-acre chicken and vegetable farm.
You can help build out one of the several sections of the farm project phases that are awaiting the appropriate attention and support. Since 2012 there has been a 2-acre food forest project, which has proliferated and now provides cuttings, food, seeds and is a source for education and learning for all of the school gardens, community gardens and backyard gardens on Kauai.
The projects you would assist with will help needy island residents.
The priority tasks are:
– fixing up greenhouse and starting seed trays for plants
– building and installing compost bins
– weeding/prepping ground and planting plants
– mulching areas after planting and general areas of farm
– planting fruit tree orchards
– installing native pollinator-friendly hedge lines
Accommodation in Kauai Island
This property actually was a working plantation up to the 1930s, and now offers 48 well-crafted bungalows that are traditional and cosy. It feels quite retro but elegant, and is wonderfully secluded. The pool looks out onto the ocean and the hotel has recently added a spa to the facilities.
The scenery here is somewhat more dramatic than the other islands, with vast caverns and chasms surrounded by typically scenic beaches. There are several small and charming historic towns to discover on day trips. Be sure to spend time at Poipu Beach and Hanalei Bay.