Last updated: February 11, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mele Nahiku

(Nahiku, Hawaii, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2001  Established: 2004
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.melenahikufarm.com/
  • Phone: 808-248-8023
  • Address:
    PO Box 922
    Nahiku, Hawaii, 96713-0922
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    We would like to establish a relationship with folks who would like to visit before they come. Please get in touch with us by email or phone. We ask that you let us know a good deal ahead of time if you want to come.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    looking for woofers and renters

Mission Statement:

Homesteading

Community Description:

We are a small homesteading family farm on East Maui, looking for motivated and somewhat skilled people to help us create an eco village that is off grid and moving in the direction of sustainability.
Much has been started on the farm, and you are entering with plenty of infrastructure in place.
We are in need of people willing and able to contribute $300 a month for a place to stay, and this includes many staple foods and some kitchen supplies. Our gardens are producing and much of our landscape is edible. We have goats and chickens, many gardens, a small greenhouse, composting piles, a worm composting system, and a few small ponds.
There are communal work parties once or twice a week for a total of 6 hours. Additional hours are to be spent on your personal management around your dwelling and areas of expertise and/or personal projects (approx. 10hrs/wk).
Skills needed: Electrical and/or soloar system experience, gardening/landscaping, carpentry, aqua ponics and aqua culture experience, animal husbandry, etc.
We are very remote and rustic. It rains plenty here, and the temperature doesn’t go below 60 degrees or over 90 degrees.
We can accomodate year round people or people that can commit to a portion of the year, in two to six month intervals.

Population

  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: -4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Devoted to physical (health)/mental/spiritual growth

    No religious prejudice

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Additional Comments: we have meetings with land mates and decide what is best together, but since we are not a community and people come and go often, we decide as a couple what’s best for the land, always being sensitive to others desires and needs.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 3.6 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 4

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: 6 hours a week working together & approximately 9 hrs of self motivated work.

    Contribution is $300 a month, which includes many staple foods and harvesting from the land.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Flexible

    we are working towards 80%+

    Eggs, goat milk & cheese from our animals

    Very seldom

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.