Organic Fields Farm Big Island Hawaii
Judy & Jai
• We are looking for volunteers who are positive and open to challenges. These challenges will build self reliance and a knowing that you can handle projects and situations that can aid in your growth and in making a difference in the world.
• We usually have between 2 and 5 volunteers.
• This land was intended as a healing / spiritual place. We believe that being here on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the positive energy and support of the property, and like minded people will help you towards reaching your highest potential in regards to all personal growth.
• This land is a sacred space where everyone can learn and have fun but keep in mind this is not a party atmosphere.
• The property has fruit trees such as avocado, soursop, mountain apple, rollenia, abiu, and papayas that are shared when abundant.
• Coconut meat is abundantly available
GUIDELINES WHILE ON OUR PROPERTY:
• Follow a VEGETARIAN / VEGAN DIET
• No drugs, alcohol or smoking
• Quiet hours start from 9 PM to 7AM
• Please bring headphones to listen to your personal music
• No guests
MINIMUM STAY PERIOD:
• We ask for a minimum 2 week stay
• In order to save a spot we need flight confirmation when you book to Hilo (1/2 hour away) or Kona (2 hours) HI.
WHAT WE EXPECT OF YOU:
• 15 hours a week, with the week starting on your first night
- As long as we are reserving your spot, you are responsible to help the 15 hours even if you stay elsewhere for a day or more while exploring the island
- We prorate to 2 hours 15 min per night if you leave before your week starting date.
BEST SUITED INDIVIDUALS:
• Independent and adventurous
• Those who already follow a vegetarian / vegan lifestyle
• Early risers, we prefer to start tasks around 7-8am
• Those who enjoy nature and outdoor work
• Those who can do physical work potentially in the rain or strong sun, although there is a variety of help needed
• Those with a positive attitude and are open to new experiences
OFF GRID RUSTIC LIFESTYLE:
• We are on solar and water catchments systems, and we are very mindful of our water and electric use
• Daily practices include short showers, plugging electronic devices in during the day, and unplugging devices when not in use
• We do not have the power to run high energy items like blenders, curling irons, hair dryers etc.
• Your stay may often feel like camping
• Expect all things that come with living closely with nature, including bugs, very occasional power outages, sometimes spotty cell service, and getting physically dirty
PROJECTS / TASKS:
The projects will build a connection to the land as they aid in all that is growing and expanding here. They also aid in learning about the the joys of simple living and being content within. We have cats and dogs who all love our volunteers. Much Aloha to all!
• Greenhouse /Trees- watering, transplanting, weeding, tree trimming, and fertilizing
• Help in House- Cleaning, food prep, computer help
• Organizing main house and communal areas
• Maintenance / building projects
- Replacing rotted wood, painting, building / maintaining fences and gates
• Animal Care - Dogs and cats brushed / bathed
• Eco projects
- Projects to improve our self sustaining goals in regards to clean water, quality food, energy independence
MUSIC / CREATIVE PROJECTS:
Jai is currently working on a conscious level spoken word / music project, under Yesu Awoon
• Check out https://tinyurl.com/YesuAwoon to see if our music and vision resonates with you
• Experience and / or interest in social media, backup singing, engineering, video production, mixing, and producing skill are appreciated
• If you contribute to his project you will be credited hours for your involvement
• A plant based, vegetarian, or vegan is to be followed on property
• Dairy is allowed
• NO MEAT, FISH, CHICKEN OR EGGS
• We provide our volunteers with a few simple food supplies (usually oats, or cereal with periodic extras)
• You will need to provide the majority of your own food
• There is room to store your personal foods that you have purchased
• There is minimal refrigerator space and lots of dry good storage areas
• There are two electric mini fridges
• Supplemental ice chests are available if needed but need to be changed often
• We try about once a week to cook some extra taro, cassava, pasta, beans, or rice for the volunteers
• We provide private living spaces or tents, all with mattresses or pads. You may borrow bedding upon request.
• The living spaces range from a room and a loft built in the greenhouse, a garden plastic cabin to tenting with roofs all with mattresses.
KITCHEN / COMMON AREA:
We ask volunteers to clean up after themselves on a daily basis with other deeper cleaning projects getting work credit usually biweekly.
• Volunteers share an outdoor covered simple screened-in kitchen and a community hang out room
THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, PLEASE READ OUR PROFILE CAREFULLY BEFORE DECIDING IF YOU ARE OPEN TO THIS EXPERIENCE.
• A shared outdoor regular type hot shower( with early and late showers only with camping shower bags)
• A basic personal compost toilet / outhouse which is a toilet seat built over a bucket that is changed every couple of days (check Photos)
- Please know beforehand that you are comfortable with this process
• If coming as a couple you will have your own beds but share the sleeping and toilet space
ON PROPERTY EVENTS:
We arrange a couple of voluntary gatherings a month that are mainly spiritual or uplifting experiences.
From Hilo Airport:
• Taxis, car rentals, UBER / LYFT, and limited free bus service are available upon arrival
• We can arrange for a Hilo Airport pickup for $25 which includes an optional quick stop at a market before 9pm
From Kona Airport:
. Kona airport pickup for $50. Kona flights are usually much cheaper than Hilo but would be at least a two hour drive if I pick you up or about 4 1/2-5 hours on the free bus
• We are located right near a bus stop for free bus transportation
• We also head into town often and can occasionally drop volunteers off
• Hitchhiking is also a common form of transportation for those who are comfortable doing so, the Big Island is very safe.
• We have a car which is often available for use for a $55 donation per day. You would also get an hour helping credit for each full day reserved.
.WE DO NOT ALLOW OTHER CARS FROM OTHER RENTAL COMPANIES AS WE ARE FILLED ON OUR SPOTS FOR CARS HERE
THE BIG ISLAND:
• Hawaii is expensive so it is best to have funds saved up for food, exploring, and entertainment.
• The Big Island is a great place for growth and transformation.
• Most free time activities will be arranged by yourself and / or other volunteers and renters on our property
• People on the island may also be open to include you in experiencing the magic of Hawai’i
• There are many places to hike, camp, swim, snorkel, and other outdoor activities
• Shipmans Beach - a 1 hr hike ending in a lagoon often with turtles
• Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, and Narnia are located near Hilo
• Hawaiian Paradise Park / Maku’u Point
- We are 3 miles from the coast that is very rocky and not safe for swimming.
- There are tide pools for soaking / swimming and it is very beautiful for hiking / picnicking
• Many farmers markets and daily fruit stands
• Sunday Maku’u Farmers Market is 5 min drive
• Keaau and Pahoa are about a 10 minute drive
• Hilo is about 25 minute drive for shopping
• Keaau and Pahoa are about a 10 minute drive for the laundromat
• We have a mini hand washing machine
• Hand washing and hang drying are also an option for fewer items
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
• Working/garden gloves
• Flash light (or two)
• Rain poncho and / or umbrella (rains frequently)
• Bug spray (there are mosquitos)
• Waterproof shoes
• Clothes you are willing to get dirty (there are some old clothes for you to borrow if you like)
• A phone with unlimited data for your use. Verizon, t-mobile and AT&T are the best service on our property
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR STAY:
• We sell a little of our produce right now and our aim is to grow 100% of our food needs.
• We strive to use every inch of our one acre land to become as self-sufficient and environmentally sound as possible.
• We do not provide any insurance for injuries, damage or theft of any kind for any reason. We recommend you have your own insurance. If you decide to help here you are confirming that you agree to this condition.
• We have experienced very little helper issues and we are very careful and conscientious to ensure that continues.
• At any time if there is a job assigned you do not feel safe with we will switch you up.
Phone / Internet:
Most volunteers use their phones for media use, but you can borrow our phone for emails, some social media, or emergency purposes because our wifi is not strong enough to support helper’s own phones.
• The elements take a toll on physical things so please be open to dealing with dirt, smells , bugs, rodents, mold, rust, overall wear & tear, and old items.
• We try to use our things until the last bit so it would be good for those interested in repairing and creatively fixing things.
• We try to always make improvements but sometimes that may be slow or limited due to funds or time restraints.
There is high humidity, so we recommend you do not bring any expensive and/or sensitive electronics or bring them in a large ziplock or we can share a plastic tote for extra protection
We have a large library mainly regarding spiritual paths, meditation, self improvements, and healing. Volunteers are welcome to borrow these at any time.
We believe in the importance of putting your heart into everything you do and the help is greatly appreciated! The land, the animals, the earth, the neighborhood, yourselves benefit from selfless service.
Thank you for your consideration and blessings to you all!
We are understanding and conscious of our stayers. Please communicate with us so we are able to help you with any questions or needs you may have.