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Questions for you and us.



Questions from us.

What size farm area will I need?

Farm sizes depend upon the size of the family; typically a 20 x 20 sq ft area will feed a family of 4. A 15 x 15 sq ft will feed a family of 2-3. A 12 X 12 sq ft. plot will feed an individual or family of 2. Both larger and smaller farms are available as we do try our best to accommodate each individual farms needs. Back to Page Top.

In what geographic area do you service?

Currently we are accepting applications within the Haiku and Kula areas. Back to Page Top.

Will I choose the vegetables and/or herbs that will  be planted?

Yes, your farm will be customized to your family. We have a list of vegetables that are available for your selection (depending on the growing season). Back to Page Top.

Do you use synthetics of any kind?

No! Besides using the best biological practices to build soil and plant health we use only OMRI certified materials for pest and disease control. We use compost, natural fertilizers, organic seeds whenever possible, and organically grown transplants. Back to Page Top.

Questions for you.

Do you have an established garden already or do you need one created? 

If you have an established garden and just need the regular help to keep it healthy and productive, then that’s what we’re here for.  If you have yet to establish a garden and would like our expertise and knowledge in order to create your own, we can establish one for you.  Or if you’d like to do the regular work but needs some help, we can guide, support and teach while you do the farming.   The main objective is to get you growing, both in the land and in your skills as a farmer. Back to Page Top.

Can you commit to sharing the risks and rewards ofgrowing your own healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce on your own property

Being a member of the Backyard Outdoor Living community creates a supportive and nurturing relationship amongst its members, the food we eat and the farmers who grow it. This mutually supportive relationship between your backyard farmers and the other community members seeks to develop a sustainable local food system. All members agree to share in the weather-related risks of growing food along with the farmers, and in return receive a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the year, and gain in the knowledge of growing and eating locally. 

By bringing the farmers to your yard, you help us share the risks of growing food.  If the weather is poor, you’ll notice your garden is not as productive as it might otherwise be.  If the weather is good, you’ll be savoring a bumper crop of delectable vegetables! Back to Page Top.

Do you have six hours, or more, of sunlight year round in a suitable level area in your yard? 

Front or back yards can work equally as well.  If you don’t think your yard will work, check out your neighbors’. They may have the ideal space and the desire for a large garden that can feed some or all of your neighbors! Back to Page Top.

Will the farmers have access to water and an area for composting close to where the farm will be placed?

Composting is an important part of sustainability.  An area three feet by ten feet is sufficient if you choose to compost on site.  We can provide a composting service as an additional option. Access to running water is necessary. We will provide a simple irrigation system.  It will be your responsibility to make sure the area is watered sufficiently during the week between visits. Back to Page Top.

How many people are in your household will we be farming for?

If you are big eaters, then great!  What we don’t want to have is too little, and more importantly, so much left with you that there is waste each week.  Most likely there will be excesses, and after leaving your weekly needs, those excesses are the bounty that can be shared with the rest of the community. Back to Page Top.

Do you have any pets or neighborhood animals that we should know about?

Pets, livestock, wild chickens, peacocks, deer and pigs may require fencing around your farm. Poultry can help to eliminate pests and transform kitchen waste into valuable fertilizer, but they can be a problem inside the garden.  If you are interested in raising poultry, let us know and we can help. Back to Page Top.

Do you have excess land that might be available for small operational commercial farming?

Land is at a premium on Maui, and no one knows this better than a farmer who wishes to work the land but has no access to it.  If you have more land than is required for your own backyard farm, might you be open to leasing or bartering land for small commercial plots? Back to Page Top.