We spend 3 weeks living in nature. The campers sleep in large roomy tents with cots. We have 2 outdoor showers and an outdoor bathroom with regular plumbing and a sink. For the summer we rent additional portable toilets. Our newly built "Mishkan" area is the outdoor living room with place to hang out, read, do a puzzle, play an instrument or write in your journal.
Mornings consist of early wakeup, feeding the animals before we feed ourselves (see Devarim 11:15), breakfast, davvening & learning and then we begin our day. We spend the first week and a half hunkered down on the farm, crafting, building, animal husbandry and hiking in the West Maui Mountains followed by an incredible week and a half of touring the island.
Breakfast and lunch are fresh and as healthy yet tasty as we can create. A delicious dinner is enjoyed every evening, prepared by Chef Mendel. For campers with gluten intolerance or special allergies we ask that parents send along those specific ingredients as it may be difficult to find them on island.
Aside from the occasional (and legal in Hawaii) slow & safe "back of the truck" rides, we travel in a 15 passenger van. This picture was for a photo op only :).
Campers are given the opportunity to call home on Fridays. Otherwise all cell phones and electronic devices are kept with us for safekeeping. For emergency purposes, a staff member's phone is always available.
We ask you to purchase travelers insurance (approx $35) for your child. Hopefully it will never be necessary.
Campers get their laundry cleaned once a week. Less is more when it comes to packing. Better to send a week's worth of basics that can get dirtied, washed and dirtied again. We ask that you send long sleeve shirts and leggings both for protection from the elements and modesty.
We are Mendel & Chani Zirkind, founders of Maui Kosher Farm. Mendel is a private chef, farmer, Rabbi & shochet. Chani is an educator, baker, farmer's wife and creative director of MKF.