FARMER or MARKET GARDENER JOB – KAPA’AU, HAWAI’I – 2016
The Position Has Been Filled for 2016
The Organization: The Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture) is a conscious movement of inspired individuals living a model of sustainability through direct engagement with the earth and service to youth and communities.
At the heart of HIP Agriculture is a commitment to personal growth and awakening that empowers individuals to be activated leaders for change.
Located in beautiful, historic North Kohala, HIP Agriculture is a growing community that cultivates a diverse collection of Polynesian crops and operates as an educational site offering sustainable agriculture courses, youth programming, community workshops and events. Through farming and hands-on education HIP Agriculture is pioneering a new paradigm of conscious agriculture that honors indigenous wisdom, food sovereignty and the transformational power of returning to the land.
The Market Gardener Job: We are seeking an individual or couple to support our market farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operations, which will be expanding in Spring/Summer 2016. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience in high production vegetable farming and be comfortable working in a dynamic outdoor environment. Daily responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the farm, and may include bed prep, seeding, planting, watering, harvesting, processing/packing, nursery work, land maintenance, as well as providing support for our local farmers markets.
We have many exciting projects on the horizon for 2016, and we are looking for people who can make a commitment of 6-12 months or longer, to help us bring these projects to fruition. The market farmer position will play a key role in developing our new CSA, and contributing to the daily flow and productivity of the farm. We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating change, and will be a positive and responsible addition to our existing team.
The position is 35 hours/week, and in exchange we provide:
– Housing accommodations in a private hale
– Access to 1000 sq. ft. shared kitchen and study space
– Shared hot/cold showers, composting toilets and washing machine on site
– Community food supplies (vegetables and fruit harvested from land, bulk grains and legumes)
– Walking distance to nearby swimming and surfing spots
– Access to HIP Ag libraries, educational events, etc.
– Weekly stipend of $100
We also ask that community members participate in 2-5 hours/week of community activities (maintaining shared spaces, work plan meetings, potluck dinners, educational activities). This varies throughout the year.