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At Ginger­hill Farm Re­treat, farm­ers wake be­fore dawn to med­i­tate, do yoga be­tween tasks, barter for goods, and pray for peace in the liv­ing world prior to ev­ery shared meal. Like over a dozen or­ganic farms lo­cated on the “green belt” of Hawai‘i Is­land’s Kona coast, Ginger­hill is part of a global move­ment to change the way farm­ing has be­come in­creas­ingly more cor­po­rate and en­vi­ron­men­tally un­sus­tain­able. At the five-acre lot and train­ing cen­ter, par­tic­i­pants can ex­pe­ri­ence a com­mu­nal farm­land, learn­ing about eco­nomic ef­fi­ciency and bar­ter­ing the food prod­ucts they’ve cul­ti­vated for food prod­ucts from other groups. With an in­tern and res­i­dent pro­gram that trades room and two meals a day Mon­day through Fri­day for 20 hours of work, any­one can par­tic­i­pate in the education of a more sus­tain­able so­ci­ety.

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