This farm is on the island of Oahu and is owned my Mark Hamamoto. This was my first internship growing food and I learned an incredible amount. Mark is one of the most generous and kind people I've ever had the pleasure of working for. He fed us extremely well and was very fair with our work. We worked 40 hours a week, which sounds like a lot for work trade but he makes it very clear from the beginning of the commitment in which you are interested in making. The schedule is pretty strict, waking up at a certain time with a specific lunch break and so on. However, Mark is always teaching you something. He knew I was genuinely interested in having my own farm so he made it a point to open up a new field while I was there so I could learn the whole process of clearing out a space, to tilling, testing soil, adding amendments, laying drip lines, transplanting and harvesting. I learned how to make healthy soil blocks to start off seedlings and how to help make ensure they grow into nice healthy plants. Kathy, Mark's close friend who spent a few days out of every week on the farm helping to keep the place continue to run smoothly, was an amazing Japanese woman who was an incredible cook. She was very sweet, but also very blunt and you always knew to respect her. I grew to love her and Mark very much during my three month stay there. My experience there was better than I could have ever expected, I got to work farmers markets, help with farm to table dinners and Mark would occasionally take us to the beach with his surf boards or to have a cookout. I loved this farm the most so far out of anywhere I've been and absolutely recommend it for anyone who is genuinely interested in learning about organic farming and doesn't mind working hard. DO NOT try to go here if you just want to hang out in Hawaii, even though the weekends are yours to enjoy it is a lot of hard work during the week days.
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