Upon arrival, you will receive a WOOFer Orientation Pack and be asked to sign the form below. If you’d like to receive the WOOFer Orientation Pack prior to arrival, please email us this request.
WOOFER WORK EXCHANGE AGREEMENT
The form below acknowledges that you have read and understand the WOOFer Work Exchange and Safety Policies/FAQs in the WOOFer Orientation Pack.
I, _______________________________ (first and last name) have read and understand the work exchange and safety policies and FAQs contained in the Waihuena Farm WOOFER orientation pack. I acknowledge that participation in the WOOFer program at Waihuena Farm is voluntarily. I acknowledge and agree that the terms of my stay are contingent on fulfilling my agreed upon work exchange schedule. I do not hold Waihuena Farm liable for any safety related injury during my stay.
Name (print) ________________________________________
Name (signature) ______________________________________
Emergency Contact Information: __________________________________________________ (name)
Health Care Provider Information: ____________________________________(Name of Insurance Provider)
________________________________(Insurance Provider Phone No.)
_____________________________________ (Name of Policy Holder)
WOOFER Orientation Checklist
Upon arrival I will:
- Sign and provide safety information (form above)
- Schedule an orientation with Melana or another friendly farm lead. If not already collected as a ‘reservation’, a $50 deposit will be collected upon arrival and refunded once your volunteer agreement is carried out and your walkthrough and exit interview are complete. (It is up to you to schedule your exit interview 2-weeks prior to your departure and/or a ʻtransitionʻ interview with Mele if you wish to request an extension to your original length of stay as part of your WOOFer agreement).
- Review the orientation pack, including the WOOFer Work Exchange Schedule, WOOFer Policies & FAQs and WOOFer Curriculum Checklist (complete and initial at bottom of each page)
- Sign-up for a communal cooking night at our Monday team meeting (not applicable year round)
- Sign-up for a weekly task (refer to task checklist) for maintaining our communal living areas at our Monday team meeting
- Add the weekly work schedule to your calendar and ask farm leads how to log work exchange hours.
- Ask farm staff for a tour of CSA kitchen, where ʻsecondsʻ/overabundance is stored and processed from Mondayʻs harvest; where to put recycling, garbage, and compost; location and how to ʻcheck-outʻ tools and other garden and building supplies; composting toilet; showers; laundry; internet; how to sign-out a bike and bike lock etc.
- Ask farm leads for onsite training and/or checklist for garden/CSA tasks (e.g. how long task should take, which materials to use, best practices, etc.)
- Provide a bio and pic for our WOOFer section on our website
- To learn more about the offerings at Waihuena Farm check-out our website at: waihuenfarm.com
CHECKLIST OF WAIHUENA FARM WOOFer SKILLSETS/CAPACITIES
The following checklist is used as a guide of various skillsets and capacities that are essential to keeping our small farm operating smoothly and serving our community. The checklist is a reflective tool to be used during your orientation (scheduled upon arrival- typically Sundays at 4pm) and exit interview (scheduled 2-weeks prior to your departure date). Filling out the checklist helps us understand your interest and capacities and helps us direct your stay/work-trade experience. Although weʻll do our best to provide the experience based on your interest, our main focus is production of our garden arena which supplies our weekly CSA. Some skillsets below need to be second in priority (as-needed basis) to garden production and in addition to the scheduled group workdays. Many of these skillsets will be used to perform daily garden projects during our designated work-days, to prepare farm fresh meals, to host community and youth education, wellness events and to build the capacity of our farm infrastructure and WOOFer facilities.
Examples of Daily Farm Projects
WOOFers will engage in hands-on field time for an average of 20 to 25 hours per week (depending on the work trade agreement) and maintain responsibilities in areas to include, but not limited to:
- Planting (including annual and perennial crops)
- Processing for CSA/Farmstand and Community Accounts (cleaning/packaging etc.)
- Garden and Orchard maintenance (weeding, mulching, watering, etc.),
- Bed prep (includes prep of growing areas and maintaining/restoring soil fertility)
- Animal husbandry (chickens and goats)
- Meal preparation (raw/vegan/vegetarian and other types of nourishing whole-foods)
- Maintaining Communal living areas
Examples of Additional Farm Projects
- Building compost, soil amendments, and other natural fertilizers
- Researching and applying remedies to plant pest and pathogens
- Nursery maintenance and propagation
- Food processing and value-added items (including pickling, dehydrating, fermenting, dips, sauces, tinctures, etc).
- Cultivating and preparing plant medicine (including laʻaulapaʻau plants)
- Nutrition (researching and preparing nutritional information and recipes for farm crops -including roots, greens, fruits, herbs and superfoods)
- Farmers markets (seasonally)
- Tours (hosting, developing tour materials, beautification and labeling farm growing system, etc.).
- Youth education (developing education materials, hands-on teaching for school groups, etc.)
- Community & Adult education (working with our ag extension agents to develop topics and host talks and workshops).
- Community building (outreach to our CSA members and community on ways to use the farm to connect community member services and passions).
- Wellness (hosting or coordinating farm yoga, crossfit, or other type of wellness classes)
- Green building (including compost receiving sites, compost toilets, water catchment, off-grid structures and facilities etc.)
- Improving Communal living areas (overlaps with green building and landscaping)
- Researching and designing food forest/permaculture zones
- Setting traps/hunting (wild pigs, chickens and other garden pests)
- Graphic design/art (development of flyers, signs, website, newsletter, etc.)