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Food Forest of Ka'u

Nurturing Biodiversity through Permaculture, Agroforestry and Natural Farming 

Food Forest

Deep within the lush and remote agricultural landscapes of Hawaii, our food forest thrives, with its vibrant tapestry of over 100 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts, canoe plants, veggies, herbs, and medicinal plants. This tropical oasis is a testament to the power of harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.  As you venture into the heart of this food forest, your senses are overwhelmed by the symphony of colors, aromas, and flavors. Towering banana palms sway gently in the breeze, papaya trees showcase their golden globes of ripeness, juicy citrus beckons, several varieties of avocado hang over your head, and fragrant cinnamon, plumeria & puakenikeni waft through the air. 

Throughout the farm, sustainable practices are followed and Permaculture techniques are employed to maximize natural resources and minimize waste, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem that thrives without the need for chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

Visiting this food forest is a sensory journey, offering a profound connection to the land, its history, and the abundance it provides. It serves as a reminder that through sustainable practices and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of all life, we can create a world where humans and nature coexist harmoniously, allowing both to flourish.

Veggies & Herbs

We grow most of our own veggies on-site using natural farming techniques and the Beyond Organic Nutrition Grown TM  system created by local soil expert Jana Bogs. You'll also encounter a diverse array of herbs and medicinal plants, each possessing its own unique healing properties. Fragrant tulsi, lemongrass, cinnamon, lavender and peppermint tease your senses with their invigorating scents, while turmeric and ginger hide their vibrant colors beneath the soil.

Canoe Plants

Amidst the vibrant foliage, you'll discover a treasure trove of canoe plants, the ancient species that Polynesian settlers brought to these islands centuries ago. Ceremonial plants like Ti and Kava dot the landscape. The spindley kukui nut trees and sturdy breadfruit trees, with their large, lobed leaves and starchy fruits, stand as living reminders of Hawaii's rich cultural heritage. Taro sacred to the Hawaiian people, thrive in the cool, moist soil, their lush green leaves concealing the edible corms beneath.  Traditional Hawaiian medicinal plants, such as noni and awapuhi, are carefully nurtured here, embodying the ancient wisdom of the islands' people. Other Hawaiian canoe crops such Kukui (Candlenut), Uala (Sweet Potato), Coconut, Sugarcane, Ipu (gourd),  and Banana are also a speciality focus so that we can bring a local flavor to all that you eat. 

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Farm Hand: Delve into a transformative learning experience that combines the principles of Korean Natural Farming, permaculture, and agroforestry. Acquire a profound understanding of sustainable farming practices and develop invaluable skills in planning, planting, growing, and harvesting a diverse array of foods.

Artist in Residence: Unleash your creativity amidst the tranquil beauty of our artist in residence program, where you can find inspiration in our rustic farm cabins while leaving a lasting mark with your own mural or permanent art installation.

Kitchen Staff: Learn gourmet meal preparation and help us create a culinary experience that delights the senses and celebrates the essence of locally sourced cuisine.

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