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Instead of offering our regular 1-year Apprenticeship program, HIP Ag is partnering with Kupu 'Aina Corps (KAC) to offer a 3-month program (early October to mid December). Similar to what we've offered through our Apprenticeship program, there will be a mix of agriculture-based work focused on market gardening, tropical agroforestry, and native plant restoration plus weekly classes during work hours. Learning subjects will include beekeeping, various propagation techniques, value-added processing, medicine making, market gardening, and more. This is a great opportunity for those interested in helping to increase food production in North Kohala while increasing ag skills. Participants who are accepted into the program will be under KAC employment. HIP Ag has limited housing, which will be available for rent. Rent is $500/person for a yurt or bedroom with access to a shared kitchen and bathroom.  Housing will only be available for full-time positions, not part-time. All other KAC members would need to commute to HIP Ag farm sites.  

*Note: As you cannot choose your site location when applying, it is important that you notify us after you submit your application. Please send us an email at to notify us including your resume with a brief summary of why you want to serve at HIP Ag, and if you are in need of housing during the duration of the program. 


Farm Apprentices participate in all aspects of the farm including:

  • Crop Planning
  • Amendment preparation and application 
  • Irrigation Management
  • Food Safety and Record Keeping
  • Nursery Propagation
  • Bed preparation
  • Transplanting
  • Sowing
  • Composting
  • Vermicomposting
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Seed saving and processing
  • Cleaning common areas
  • Value Added Food Production
  • Bee Keeping
  • Tropical Agroforestry
  • Communications


  • Looking to pursue a career in agriculture. 
  • Excitement and desire to learn in an experiential hands-on environment. 
  • Preferred prior experience and knowledge in agriculture. 
  • Candidates should be hardworking, motivated, be able to follow directions, be able to work well in a team, and are able to stay on task if working alone.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work for 8 hours is a must. We work outside rain or shine!
  • A desire to live and work in a community.
  • Clear and direct communication with staff and co-workers. 
  • Positive attitude!

Next Available Session: early October to mid December 2020

Please note that you must be available for the exact start and end date of the program. Mahalo!



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