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Ohana of ‘woofers’ finds cheap way to travel

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kahumana Farms manager Christian Zuckerman and his dad, Robert Zuckerman. Kahumana’s woofers eat all their meals at the farm’s cafe.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Robert Burns climbs a tree to remove invasive vines on a tree at Honest Greens organic farm in Waimanalo. The Honest Greens woofers work from 7 to 11 a.m., five days a week, then are free until evening, when they put in one more hour.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Patrick Rowland dumped leftover pea shoot cuttings into a mulch pile after harvesting them at Honest Greens Farm in Waimanalo.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Rustin Fuss harvesting tomatoes at Kahumana Farms.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ian Alexander in Honest Greens’ chicken coop.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Pomaikai Simer with salad greens at Kahumana Farms

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Woofers, or volunteer farmworkers, perform their duties at Honest Greens Farm in Waimanalo in exchange for room and board. Their work includes tending to seed-sprouting areas, rabbit and chicken coops, crops in the ground, and crops and fish in aquaponic systems. Making lunch at the farm recently were, from left, Joe Benjamin, Ian Alexander, in back, and Patrick Rowland.

At Honest Greens Farm in the hills of Waimanalo, a sunny concrete lanai held tanks of young tilapia, pots with herbs and tomatoes, and a table with flats of seedlings. Read more

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