Volunteer Work Days
We gather on Saturdays to interact with, maintain, and harvest the food forest. The day begins at 9am and itʻs pau hana at 5pm. In the afternoon we break for lunch, which is harvested and created from the abundance of the 'aina by the loving hands of our dedicated stewards.
Volunteering on our work day is the best way to learn through hands on activities and focused observation how and why we are building the forest in the manner that we do. Volunteer work days can be very physical and a great “work out" yet there are also tasks that are a good match for people who prefer less strenuous activities. Participants regularly comment that they are amazed at how much they learn in a short span of time.
At the end of the day we harvest food from the forest and volunteers are encouraged to bring home some of the extra food harvested from the forest.
We also work with smaller self-guided efforts on varying weekdays focusing on maintenance and nursery work. Please check in with us about volunteering on a Wednesday.
What to Expect
Expect to be challenged and inspired! Building a food forest is real work and while the task at hand may be demanding, the benefits are substantial and long lasting.
Volunteers should always bring closed toed shoes, protection for the sun, rain, and mosquitos (long-sleeved shirt and pants is an optional or primary wardrobe choice), water and food to sustain energy and hydration during the activities, and work gloves, pruners, or hand saw if available.
It's preferable to arrive at the start of a morning or afternoon work session and stay with us until its conclusion. Activities have an inherent risk of injury and all volunteers are required to sign a liability waiver as well as ensure the safety of themselves and their fellow volunteers by following best practices as instructed by work day leaders.