Living Farm Internship

Tropical Permaculture and Sustainable Living

Fall 2017:  August 17 - September 30
Spring 2018: March 16 - April 29th

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Now accepting applications for Spring and Fall courses! 


Taro Sacred Ecology Christine PetersonHIP Agriculture invites you to participate in our 6-week internship program offering full experiential immersion in hands-on farming and community living experience.

As a participant in the Living Farm Internship, you will directly serve a farm and community centered around education, united in service, and dedicated to the restoration of human and environmental health.

We are interested in hard working, self-motivated, flexible individuals with a strong desire to serve the land, the community and themselves. We ask that interns arrive ready and willing to participate in all aspects of the farm and community life.

Our mission is to empower individuals with the tools and understanding to become inspired and activated leaders for positive change. While there is no guarantee what you will take away from this experience, we recognize that those most actively engaged in participation receive the greatest return. 

Daily Farm Projects

Interns will engage in hands-on field time for an average of 25-30 hours per week and maintain responsibilities in areas to include, but not limited to: planting, harvesting, processing, garden and orchard maintenance (weeding, mulching, watering, etc.), nursery management, compost and humanure systems, dairy operations, care for chickens and ducks, food processing, meal preparation, and farmers markets.

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Weekly Classes and Field Trips

Through in-field training, classroom sessions, and personal study, interns will have the opportunity to explore topics such as organic gardening, natural farming, plant identification, nutrition and healthy food preparation, community living skills and group communication, village building, youth empowerment and garden education.

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Farm Fresh Meals

We enjoy an abundance of fresh garden vegetables and locally grown starch crops including taro, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, yams, cassava, and plantains. Varying by season we celebrate fresh local fruits such as banana, papaya, avocado, lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, mango, starfruit, lychee, soursop, jack fruit, rambutan, guava, passion fruit, dragon fruit and many other exotic tropical fruits. During internship courses, we provide organic bulk grains, legumes, oils, spices and teas. We also provide local milk, eggs, meat, and fish, when available. Our community kitchen includes a rocket stove and wood fire pizza oven. During courses, we also have a chef onsite to help prepare community meals and support students in preparing food from the land. 

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Camping Accommodations

Interns will camp in our beautiful macadamia nut orchard, with access to a brand new community kitchen and study hall. Composting toilets and hot showers are located nearby. Washing machine and wireless internet are available on a limited use schedule.

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The cost for the Spring and Fall internship is $2,000

($1,900 with early registration!)

To qualify for early registration costs your deposit must be received 6 months in advance).

This fee includes your camping space (wooden tent platform), utilities, household supplies, bulk foods, and transportation for class field trips during your stay.  Course fees also help to cover travel and stipend expenses for visiting guest teachers.  During the course, interns have full access to any HIP Agriculture community workshops and events. Interns are responsible for their own personal transportation to and from the Big Island, and any other incidentals that may be needed during your stay.

Internship Application

FAQ: Which course should I attend? Is there a difference?

We offer similar areas of study in both our Spring and Fall courses, but each course is unique as we rotate guest teachers and the chemistry/collaboration of the students in the course is always evolving. Some of our past interns have taken 2 courses back to back and feel that they learned new things each time. Spring is a very active planting time for us on the farm, so the Spring course incorporates these activities into the lessons. Our fall course sometimes overlaps with our annual event, the Kohala 'Aina Festival, and interns may spend the last two weeks of their internship participating in the preparation and hosting of the event, gaining experience in all areas of event planning, food, music, education and community service.

Please read the What to Bring and Health and Safety pages as well!

Questions? Contact us here.

“My favorite part about HIP Ag is the simple living and eating from the land. The food is so fresh and every bite is bursting with love. Dedicating so much time and energy to the land creates a sacred space to share meals and the joy of eating from the earth. What you put in, you get back!”
Lizzie, age 23

“Thank you for helping me learn to take the steps towards becoming a more present, aware, and conscious human being. I'll always remember you as a place that changed me forever.
Mahalo, Big Island, and mahalo, Hip Agriculture, for the wonderful experience."

Lydia, age 19

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