We spend 3 weeks living in nature. The girls camp in large roomy tents with blow-up mattresses. 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 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. Biweekly hikes or nature trip excursions. Biweekly water sports or beach trips. Biweekly farm days with special workshops and art lessons. Rest hour and night activity round out the day.
Breakfast and lunch are prepped by our staff in the outdoor kitchen with help from the girls on duty for that week. A delicious dinner is enjoyed every evening, prepared by our farm chef Mendel. For girls 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 :). No more than 6 girls can travel in the back, seated firmly on the truck floor at any time.
Girls 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 will purchase travelers insurance (approx $35) for your daughter and ask for details of your medical insurance. Hopefully it will never be necessary.
Girls 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 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.
We are very excited to have the talented, adventurous and warm-hearted Chaya Sherman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as our head staff this summer.