Farm Tour Description
We offer custom tours which provide a hands-on learning experience inside the daily operations of a working organic farm and our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program which has been serving our North Shore community since 2009.
Organic farming practices: As part of the tour, youʻll learn how fruits and vegetables are grown, harvested, and shared within our community. Discover first hand how we manage our crops, learn about organic farming practices, and our philosophy behind the importance of organic farming for growing healthy food and sustainability within our community. Some of the organic practices and components of our growing system youʻll learn about on the tour include: no-till (or low till) conservation agriculture practices and crop rotation; natural pest and weed management; and various natural soil amendments and strategies for enhancing the health of our soil and micro-organisms.
Hawaiian 'canoe plants' and lei plants: Youʻll also learn about important Hawaiian heritage crops, such as kalo (taro), ʻolena (turmeric) and ko (sugar cane).
Additional, you can learn about some of the plants used to make lei that we grow on the farm. This aspect of our tour is new and growing (please see the ad-on option below to learn the art of 'hake-style' lei making).
Permaculture principals: In addition to our growing areas in the main garden and agro-forestry zones, you can also learn about some of our sustainability practices in our community kitchen and CSA stand (e.g. diverting food waste) and visit our chickens and goats to learn how we use them within our growing system. We will also talk about farming as a viable career and the importance of farmers in strengthening our local food system. Our tour is a great way to learn about ʻthe day-in-the-life" of a farmer and volunteer opportunities, such as those offered on our farm and through the World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming (WOOF) program.
Why community-oriented, organic gardens are important locally and globally?
We farm using organic practices. Organic farmers are different from conventional farmers because we choose not to use any chemicals (pesticides or fertilizers) on our farm. In organic farming systems, the majority of nutrients are supplied from organic matter additions such as compost, manures and cover crops. These amendments not only feed the plants, but the soil organisms as well. Encouraging more soil fauna (micro-organisms such as nematodes) improves fertility in organic systems by breaking down organic material to make more nutrients available for plant uptake and increasing soil organic matter and overall soil fertility. This creates more nutrients in the food we grow and provides more nutrients for those who consume it!
Other benefits of organic farming practices include: reducing the toxic load (keeping chemicals out of the air, water, soil and our bodies); eating with a sense of place; promoting biodiversty; celebrating the culture of agriculture and Hawaiiʻs heritage of sustainable farming; avoiding hasty, irreversible science decision in our food; building healthy soil and soil ecosystem (increasing the capacity of the soil to store organic carbon, reducing the amount of CO2 present in the atmosphere - helping reduce global warming through soil carbon sequestration).
Tour pricing and details:
Our tours are designed for small groups (up to 15 people) and customized to be age appropriate. We accommodate larger groups by splitting up the group between a rotating tour and group project. Mondays between 3-5 pm are a great time to set-up your tour as you will get to experience our harvest day and shop our CSA Farm Stand. (Summer of 2018 tours for 5 or less will only be held on Mondays).
1 hour tour: $20 per person with a $50 min. (*Price may vary depending on interest and number of people in the party. We offer discounts for educational groups - usually $5 per person with a $50 min. This charge is necessary to accommodate the time of our farm crew). Please inquire via email for the cost for the following 'ad-on' options:
Add-on: Group eco-service or learning project
Add-on: Farm-fresh snack or lunch
Add-on (new!): Learn the art of 'hake-style' lei making
Scheduling, Payment & Cancellation: To schedule your customized tour, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Farm Tour Inquiry" in the subject line.
If you are a local surf school, eco-tour or other similar enviro/health minded business, feel free to inquire about ways we can customize a farm tour or service project for your group.
Payment is due upon booking the tour. Tours will be confirmed once payment is received.
Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior via email for a refund. Payments can be made via Paypal (send money using our email: email@example.com) or you can drop by the farm and pay via check or cash.