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Ke’ei Mauka Farms

Name Chuck Gallison and Nina Garcia Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected Suarez Huete –  –
Training Start Date October 16, 2022 Training End Date May 15, 2023
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $10/h
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value $11,000 (est. Free Housing, Daily Food, health insurance).
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier n/a
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? No, exempt
Number of Employees at training location 1
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 1
Annual Revenue $0 to $3 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Orientation
Start Date of Phase October 16, 2022 End Date of Phase October 31, 2022
Primary Supervisor during this phase Charles Gallison Supervisor Title farm owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8083288180
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Orientation to farm and training in all aspects of small farm management, including coffee orchard, avocado & heart of palm orchard, vegetable gardens and egg production (chicken house).1. Hawaiian Estate coffee production- Suckering (removal of new coffee branches), pest control and fertilization. Application of beneficial fungus continues. 2. Tropical composting techniques — adding new soil to vegetable beds in conjunction with EM solutions. Continue adding to new compost piles. 3. Continue seed germination and transplanting techniques for raised bed farming. 4. Assist in value added activities via the Pure Kona Green Market. 5. Start and maintain coffee nursery.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

1. Hawaiian Estate coffee production- Suckering (removal of new coffee branches), pest control and fertilization. Application of beneficial fungi for coffee borer beetle and coffee leaf rust. 2. Tropical composting techniques — adding new soil to vegetable beds in conjunction with soil amendments and EM solutions. Continue adding to new compost piles. 3. Continue seed germination and transplanting techniques for raised bed farming. 4. Assist in value added activities via the Pure Kona Green Market. 5. Start/continue coffee nursery.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owners, Charles Gallison for the coffee orchard and Nina Garcia for the vegetable gardens. Additionally, the steward will also accompany owners when they meet with our consulting biologist.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

While the Pura Kona Market is a primarily a farmers market, it’s sponsored by the adjacent Amy Greenwell ethnobotanical gardens, an organization that provides demonstrations of native Hawaiian practices–both agricultural and cultural. There are also numerous farm fairs throughout the year that have sales as well informational booths, such as: Annual Outdoor Circle plant sale, Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Avocado Festival, Mango Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, to mention a few. Additionally, the local federal park, PuuHonua o Honaunau holds native Hawaiian cultural events that explore the arts, crafts and farming practices of the early Hawaiians. Many of these events, canceled during the pandemic, will be resuming this year.
The market itself is as much a social gathering as a market. There many opportunities for the trainee to interact with customers and vendors and form friendships.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Trainee will learn: 1.to use natural agriculture soil supplements to increase coffee and palm production. 2. Process heart of palm for market 3. Spray of coffee trees with natural fungus to combat borer beetle leaf rust infestations 4. vegetable crop rotation to minimize insect damage and restore soil fertility. 5. use of newly developed organic pesticides to increase vitality and production in the vegetable gardens.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will have access to notes composed in Spanish by previous trainees to help him in his duties throughout the year. Also on the job training by hosts.
Chronology: Care and fertilization of hearts of palm and coffee orchards. Maintenance of coffee orchard includes removal of coffee suckers, monitoring of coffee borer beetle populations and application of beneficial fungus, fertilizer and soil enhancers. Tending vegetable gardens; weeding, transplanting, pest control and harvest. Revitalizing of cacao orchard. Assisting with set up, operation and break down of the farms South Kona Green Market booth.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owner, Charles Gallison, and will be regular and frequent, as Mr. Gallison will be working with the steward on many of the above-mentioned projects.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Coffee harvesting, Garden Rotation
Start Date of Phase October 31, 2022 End Date of Phase December 15, 2022
Primary Supervisor during this phase Charles Gallison Supervisor Title farm owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 808-328-8180
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

1. Prepare coffee orchard for harvesting.
2. Assist with coffee harvesting and processing to parchment.
3. Assist with coffee packaging, labeling and marketing.
4. Maintain vegetable gardens. Introduction and germination of new vegetable varieties. 5. Continue to care for coffee nursery and work on compost beds.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

1. Continued work in vegetable gardens; germination, transplanting, weeding, mulching, pest control, harvest
2. Continue use of bio-insecticides and work on natural pest control (eg. companion plantings, mulching).
3. Prep coffee orchard for harvest; weed clearing
4. Continue to assist in value added activities via the Pure Kona Green Market–the major venue through which the farm sells it goods –both fresh produce, roasted coffee and eggs, as well as value added products such as food plates, pastries and brewed coffee. 5. Continue adding to new compost beds.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owners, Charles Gallison for the coffee orchard and Nina Garcia for the vegetable gardens. Additionally, the steward will also accompany owners when they meet with our consulting biologist.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

While the Pura Kona Market is a primarily a farmers market, it’s sponsored by the adjacent Amy Greenwell ethnobotanical gardens, an organization that provides demonstrations of native Hawaiian practices–both agricultural and cultural. There are also numerous farm fairs throughout the year that have sales as well informational booths, such as: Annual Outdoor Circle plant sale, Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Avocado Festival, Mango Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, to mention a few. Additionally, the local federal park, PuuHonua o Honaunau holds native Hawaiian cultural events that explore the arts, crafts and farming practices of the early Hawaiians. Many of these events, canceled during the pandemic, will be resuming this year.
The market itself is as much a social gathering as a market. There many opportunities for the trainee to interact with customers and vendors and form friendships.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

As this is a tropical environment, we don’t have the extreme seasonal changes that occur in temperate environments. This means that we have the same farm tasks throughout year. The only real changes are tied to the coffee season. As such, much of the required 4 phases will be very much the same for coffee and other gardens and orchards. We expect our stewards to refine their knowledge throughout the year so that they can be proficient in small farm management from seed to marketing when they return to their community.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

rainee will have access to notes composed in Spanish by previous trainees to help orient him to his duties throughout the year. It is an expectation that his own observations will be added to this manual as the year progresses.
Application of training from previous phases in all areas; coffee, vegetable beds, palm orchard. Continued collaboration with farm owners in all aspects of farm management.

Care and fertilization of hearts of palm and coffee orchards. Maintenance of coffee orchard includes removal of coffee suckers, monitoring of coffee borer beetle populations and applicaton of beneficial fungus, fertilizer and soil enhancers.
Tending vegetable gardens; weeding, transplanting, pest control and harvest.
Assisting with set up, operation and break down of the farms South Kona Green Market booth.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owners, Charles Gallison and Nina Garcia, and will be regular and frequent.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Coffee Clean up/ Composting end of harvest debri
Start Date of Phase December 15, 2022 End Date of Phase March 14, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Charles Gallison Supervisor Title farm owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 808-328-8180
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

1. Coffee orchard clean up and preparation for spring/dry season growth season.
2. Assist with coffee packaging, labeling and marketing at the Pure Kona Market.
3. Assist with continued maintenance of vegetable gardens, including introduction and germination of new vegetable varieties.
4. Continued care of coffee nursery.
5. Continued care of palm orchard

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

These are the same as above:
1. Coffee orchard clean up and preparation for spring/dry season growth season.
2. Assist with coffee packaging, labeling and marketing at the Pure Kona Market.
3. Assist with continued maintenance of vegetable gardens, including introduction and germination of new vegetable varieties.
4. Continued care of coffee nursery.
5. Continued care of palm orchard

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owner, Charles Gallison, and will be regular and frequent, as Mr. Gallison will be working with the steward on many of the above-mentioned projects, utilizing his 35 plus years of experience on this farm.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

While the Pura Kona Market is a primarily a farmers’ market, it’s sponsored by the adjacent Amy Greenwell ethnobotanical gardens, an organization that provides demonstrations of native Hawaiian practices–both agricultural and cultural. There are also numerous farm fairs throughout the year that have sales as well informational booths, such as: Annual Outdoor Circle plant sale, Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Avocado Festival, Mango Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, to mention a few. Additionally, the local federal park, PuuHonua o Honaunau holds native Hawaiian cultural events that explore the arts, crafts and farming practices of the early Hawaiians. Many of these events, canceled during the pandemic, will be resuming this year.
The market itself is as much a social gathering as a market. There many opportunities for the trainee to interact with customers and vendors and form friendships.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Refinement and solidification of the previous phases learning. Reflection upon the adaptability of new methodologies and techniques to farming in Peru.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will have access to all previously listed sources. At this point in his stay, it is an expectation that the steward will add to previous notes and proposed improvements of his own to try out.
Chronology: Care and fertilization of hearts of palm and coffee orchards. Maintenance of coffee orchard includes removal of coffee suckers, monitoring of coffee borer beetle populations and application of beneficial fungus, fertilizer and soil enhancers.
Tending vegetable gardens; weeding, transplanting, pest control and harvest.
Revitalizing of cacao orchard.
Assisting with set up, operation and break down of the farms South Kona Green Market booth.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owner, Charles Gallison, and will be regular and frequent, as Mr. Gallison will be working with the steward on many of the above-mentioned projects. Although again, at this time, steward will be able to use his own initiatives and techniques to add to farm productivity.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 4]

Phase Name Prep for new coffee season/ maintain gardens
Start Date of Phase March 14, 2023 End Date of Phase May 15, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Chuck Gallison Supervisor Title farm owner
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8087566459
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

1. Continued preparation of land for coffee spring growth season.; including major pruning, soil building, composting and tree replacements.
2. Assist with coffee packaging, labeling and marketing at the Pure Kona Market.
3. Assist with continued maintenance of vegetable gardens. Introduction and germination of new vegetable varieties.
4. At this time we encourage the trainee to experiment for himself in a and area of his interest.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

These are the same as above:
1. Preparation for spring growth season.
2. Assist with coffee packaging, labeling and marketing at the Pure Kona Market.
3. Assist with continued maintenance of vegetable gardens. Introduction and germination of new vegetable varieties.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Overall, supervision will be provided by the farm owners, Charles Gallison and Nina Garcia, and will be regular and frequent, as owners will be working with the steward on many of the above-mentioned projects, utilizing their 35 plus years of experience on this farm.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

While the Pura Kona Market is a primarily a farmers’ market, it’s sponsored by the adjacent Amy Greenwell ethnobotanical gardens, an organization that provides demonstrations of native Hawaiian practices–both agricultural and cultural. There are also numerous farm fairs throughout the year that have sales as well informational booths, such as: Annual Outdoor Circle plant sale, Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Avocado Festival, Mango Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, to mention a few. Additionally, the local federal park, PuuHonua o Honaunau holds native Hawaiian cultural events that explore the arts, crafts and farming practices of the early Hawaiians. Many of these events, canceled during the pandemic, will be resuming this year.
The market itself is as much a social gathering as a market. There many opportunities for the trainee to interact with customers and vendors and form friendships.

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Trainee will have access to all previously listed sources. At this point in his stay, it is an expectation that the steward will add to previous notes and proposed improvements of his own to try out.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will have access to notes composed in Spanish by previous trainees to help orient him to his duties throughout the year. It is an expectation that his own observations will be added to this manual as the year progresses.
Application of training from previous phases in all areas; coffee, vegetable beds, palm orchard. Continued collaboration with farm owners in all aspects of farm management.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

The measure of the trainee’s success is found in the success of the farm of the farm as a whole—bountiful, healthy, produce and coffee, a well-tended garden with accessible composting beds, functioning integrated pest management and plentiful supply of transplants.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)