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The story of The Maui Farm begins with a group of Maui community members gathered around a kitchen table talking about the needs of youth in the foster care system and the problem of “foster care drift”. They envisioned a program that would offer a consistent, stable environment and provide long term care for youth who were not successful in traditional foster care.

The Maui Farm was incorporated in 1985, and its founding Board of Directors dedicated themselves to establishing a farm-based, family style residential program to provide long term care for youth from troubled families. The Maui Farm opened its doors in 1993, delivering services in an ‘ohana model environment and offering meaningful hands-on activities and experiences on how to live as responsible and contributing members of the family and community.

In 2005, The Maui Farm responded to changes within the state’s youth-serving system, and took action to address the growing problem of homelessness, by re-focusing its programs to serve individuals and families in need of community support as they work to attain self-sufficient living.

In 2011, The Maui Farm began offering Farm-based Educational Programs for the Community in order to share the many benefits of our educational farm with a broader segment of the Maui community. The Maui Farm promotes and practices sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and encourages local agriculture and growing healthy food. The Maui Farm also serves as a teaching farm to promote biodiversity and natural farming practices, as well as a demonstration site to inspire community members of all ages to start a garden.

The following news articles provide more information on our history:

Harvest of Love
Rural Setting Provided at Maui Facility
On the Farm
Green Thumb Seniors
The Maui Farm: A Place to Grow