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.
Our Summer Program is Farm Focused. We spend the majority of the 3 weeks on the farm, crafting, building, animal husbandry and hiking in the West Maui Mountains with a smattering of trips towards the end of the program.
Breakfast and lunch are prepared by staff and campers. The campers rotate responsibilty of helping prepare the meals and act as sous chef to our in house expert. A delicious dinner is enjoyed every evening, prepared by Chef Mendel.
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 $25) 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 10 days worth of basics that can get dirtied, washed and dirtied again. For girls we ask that you send long sleeve shirts, knee length skirts, socks and leggings both for protection from the elements and modesty. Swimwear needs to cover elbows and knees.
We are Mendel & Chani Zirkind, founders of Maui Kosher Farm. Mendel is a Rabbi, shochet, private chef & farmer. Chani is an educator, baker, farmer's wife and creative director of MKF.