Educational programs played a very important role in our sustainable community. Honua Lani Gardens no longer accepts applications for volunteer workers. We employ some great day workers now but no longer have “willing workers on organic farms” staying here.
The willing worker program was very close to my heart. My passion for sustainable living and Gardens was something I liked to share with young adults from all over the world passionately hoping many would someday carry on this living soil tradition in there own communities. For ten years I invited young people to apprentice at Honua Lani Gardens and learn sustainable agriculture and lots of other skills associated with running a small agricultural property. These individuals were the co-creators of the gardens we have here today. For example Kennan Tvedt who had been blazing trails in Oregon’s National parks completed a trail through our bamboo forest from the lower gardens to the top of the property using switchbacks and building stairs from trees he felled in our jungle. The steep trajectory made this project difficult but the resulting path opened up a whole new scenic access to the lower gardens.
Now that the property is more mature tropical flowers and fruit trees predominate the landscape leaving little room for vegetable production. We no longer need willing workers. I give credit to all the wonderful young people that volunteered here over the years and their program for helping to co-create our gardens and rental property into the tropical paradise we enjoy today.