Lokahi Garden Sanctuary and Organic Farm

Lokahi Garden Sanctuary (LGS) is a botanical sanctuary and sustainable organic farm in historic North Kohala on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island). Stewarded by Richard Liebmann and Natalie Young.  Dr. Liebmann, naturopathic physician, was the first executive director of United Plant Savers and has been living in Hawaii since 1979.We have ten lush acres with sweeping ocean views including the island of Maui. The sanctuary includes large vegetable gardens, medicinal herb gardens, native Hawaiian plants, small tropical forests, fruit and nut orchards and flowers. Our goal is to become fully self sustaining in food, energy, and water as well as establish our agricultural systems to be economically viable. We are moving toward this goal with solar hot water, solar electricity, large vegetable and herb gardens, chickens and sheep. The farm work at Lokahi Garden Sanctuary consists of tending our veggie and herb gardens (soil amending, planting, lots of weeding, harvesting, organic pest management), planting trees and maintaining our orchards, maintaining our over 250 different species in our botanical sanctuary, caring for our chickens, sheep, dogs and cats, planting wind breaks, helping sell produce at the local outdoor market, and assisting in some general construction. You are expected to work 30 hours per week. We accept up to 4 volunteers at a time. The Buena Hale is the space for our farm workers.  The Buena Hale is the kitchen, bathroom and hangout space with wifi. Occasionally we prepare and eat meals together in our main house. We provide fresh fruits and veggies from the farm and supplement with grains, beans, and other healthy food. LGS is a short walk into the quaint and culturally rich town of Hawi with frequent live music. Volunteers are invited to join their hosts and/or explore on their own, the beauty and magic of Hawaii. Depending on the time of year, volunteers can kayak and snorkel with dolphins, turtles and humpback whales,  hike to a black sand beach or hike into the jungle and cloud forests. Bicycles are available for transportation. Dance and movement is also available.  Hula, and many different dance, yoga and martial art forms are currently available in the community. We often times meditate and do movement together as well at the farm. We especially like wwoofers with past farming experience.

There are two distinct opportunities available on the farm: Apprenticeship Program (fee based), Internship Program (work-trade).

Apprenticeships:
We offer an exciting educational opportunity for apprentices that includes permaculture and organic agriculture instruction with farmers Dr. Richard Liebmann N.D. and Dillon Cruz. Dr. Liebmann, the first executive director of United Plant Savers, has been living in Hawaii since 1979 and practices naturopathic medicine in addition to farming and gardening for over 40 years.
Dillon Cruz has over a decade of experience in agriculture. He received his Permaculture Design Certification from the Ecovillage Training Center on The Farm in Summertown, TN and was certified to teach Permaculture Design in 2010 by Cascadia Permaculture.

The program will include lecture, film, and hands on learning in topics including, but not limited too, an introduction to permaculture design,soil, composting, organic gardening/farming, natural medicine, growing herbs, harvesting and processing produce, and making value added products. Additionally apprentices will participate in a wellness program which may include Pilates, reiki, body work restoration therapy, nutrition classes and cooking classes.

Depending on needs of the farm, the hands on learning at Lokahi Garden Sanctuary consists of tending our market and herb gardens (soil amending, planting, weeding, harvesting, organic pest management), planting trees and maintaining our orchards, maintaining our over 220 different species in our botanical sanctuary, caring for our chickens, sheep, dogs and cats, planting wind breaks, helping with marketing and selling produce at the local outdoor market, and assisting in some general construction.

Accommodation and Food:
Tent camping is included in the basic fee. Please bring a tent with a full rain fly. Other lodging is available for an additional fee. Apprentices will have access to a propane cook stove, fridge, and bathroom facilities including shower. We accept a maximum of three apprentices at a time to ensure plenty of individual instruction. We provide fresh, organic fruits and veggies, eggs from the farm and supplement with grains, beans, and other healthy food. Wireless internet is available (bring your own laptop) in the common area.

Apprenticeships are two months in duration. Cost is $1500.00 (includes tent camping).

Internships:
Interns will work 25-30 hours per week in exchange for tent camping, basic food,
shower and internet access (with your own laptop). A minimum one month commitment is required.

Contact:

Dr. Richard Liebmann

808 987 7501

richardliebmann@gmail.com