To become stewards of the land (Malama Ka ‘Aina) by cultivating crops as well as mind, body, and spirit.
Implement modern design with the mindfulness of ancient holistic growing methods.
Producing valuable resources for, and utilizing the unique talents of, the community in a comprehensive dependency cycle.
Next session: July 15th – August 9th, 2024
This program concentrates on providing interns with a hands-on introduction to a variety of organic gardening practices. We will utilize the food forests, distinct gardens, orchards, and market gardens as our teaching guides. Our aim is to strengthen the understanding of permaculture practices by providing a hands-on farming experience that allows interns to participate in the process of growing, maintaining, and harvesting crops using sustainable practices. They will also learn how to cook and create nourishing foods during their farm-to-table classes.
Lessons and workshops will be taught daily, by local experts and our experienced directors to help provide a more in-depth understanding of essential agricultural concepts. Interns will be required to complete an organic ag related research project at the course. Our directors will help facilitate their research and assist with the practical application of their findings. There is also the possibility to engage in local restoration projects located on the Big Island.
Workshops and Activities
Food Forest Design
Ulu Mau Púa Nui
Lā'u Lap'au (Medicinal Plant)
Farm to Table
and many more!
Native Forest Exploration
What will students do?
- Design and create a food forest using the principles of permaculture
- Conduct and present director-supervised research on a topic of choice related to organic agriculture (companion planting, medicinal plants, soil regeneration, agroforestry, etc.)
- Understand and implement regenerative organic farming techniques
- Tropical Plant identification
- Build and regenerate soil
What are some goals?
- Develop a strong foundational understanding of organic and regenerative agriculture
- Enhance understanding of the natural world through permaculture exploration
- To become stewards of the land (Malama Ka ‘Aina) by cultivating crops as well as their mind, body, and spirit.
- Develop the mindset to live a more regenerative and sustainable lifestyle
- Promote leadership skills
- Inspire personal growth
What topics will be covered?
- Principles of Permaculture Design
- Organic Agriculture
- Tropical Agroforestry
- Ecological Economics
- Soil & Water Conservation
- Edible Ecosystems
- Orchard Management
- Plant Physiology
- Edible Ecosystems
- Soil Composition
- Plant Identification & Medicinal Usage
Because this is an educational internship, many of our interns have received college credits during their time with us at Big Islands Farm. With our diverse and extensive curriculum, interns have received course credits in organic agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, and more.
We are more than happy to work with your institution to meet your academic needs. Feel free to contact us to discuss how we can fulfill your course credit requirements.
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While agriculture prospers all other arts alike are vigorous and strong, but where the land is forced to remain desert, the spring that feeds the other arts is dried up.