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Food and Power in Hawai'iVisions of Food Democracy$
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Aya Hirata Kimura and Krisnawati Suryanata

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824858537

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824858537.001.0001

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Labor of Meaning, Labor of Need

Labor of Meaning, Labor of Need

Organic Farm Volunteering in Hawai‘i

(p.185) 8 Labor of Meaning, Labor of Need
Food and Power in Hawai'i

Mary Mostafanezhad

Krisnawati Suryanata

Saleh Azizi

Nicole Milne

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter critically examines the promise of organic farm volunteering programs such as WWOOF in meeting organic farmers’ need for affordable labor in Hawaii. While organic farm volunteering offers a short term coping strategy for some organic farmers, the cultural logic and rationale that propels these programs perpetuates the underlying labor problems that plague small organic farms. This chapter demonstrates the limitations of organic farm volunteering when utilized as a form of civic participation to drive economic and socio-environmental change.

Keywords:   WWOOF, volunteer tourism, organic, labor, coping, experience economy

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