Educational programs play a very important role in our sustainable community. At Honua Lani Gardens we have two positions available for willing workers. We keep these positions filled with young people from around the world who stay with us for at least three months.
Our willing workers have a passion for learning sustainable agriculture, and play a very important part in maintaining the upkeep of the gardens while developing new skills.
The willing worker program is one that is very close to my heart. My passion for sustainable living and Gardens is something I like to share with young people who someday might carry on this living soil tradition. For ten years I have invited young people to apprentice at Honua Lani Gardens and learn sustainable agriculture and lots of other skill associated with running a small agricultural community. These individuals are the co-creators of the projects we do here. For example Kennan Tvedt who had been blazing trails in Oregons National parks recently 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 fulled in our jungle. The steep trajectory made this project difficult but the resulting path is incredible and has opened up a whole new world of access here for the gardens.
Many of our willing workers have returned a second and even in some cases a third time making Honua Lani Gardens their home on Kauai. Others have emailed me that they have since purchased their own land and are gardening sustainably and using the information and skills they learned while working here.