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Meet Worldwide Farmers Exchange Host Farmer Woody Goble

What do tropical flowers, horned chameleons, and Oprah Winfrey have in common?

You can find them all at Goble’s Hawaiian Flower Farm in Kula, Maui.

As the producer of some of the most sought-after tropical flowers in the world, former U.S. marine and longtime Worldwide Farmers Exchange host farmer Woody Goble is uniquely situated. Not only is his farm the highest cultivated piece of land on the island… it is also next door to a property owned by Oprah Winfrey.

And while Oprah sightings occur from time to time, it is the horned chameleons that tend to catch the attention of most visitors and guests to Woodruff’s property.

“They are actually cute, but they are running amok on the island,” he says.

A WFE host farmer for over 20 years, Woody enjoys the opportunity to learn about different cultures while sharing what he knows about running a successful flower farm. Suffice it to say he has quite a bit of knowledge to share: he’s been producing, arranging, and shipping tropical flowers for over 30 years…and his business is his passion.

Internships at Goble’s Hawaiian Flower Farm

In general, Woody likes to have one intern at a time. He has hosted participants from a wide variety of countries, most recently Cambodia. His participants learn about cultivating and harvesting flowers, including Birds of Paradise, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Proteas, Gingers, Sandlewood, and other high-altitude varieties. They also learn about arranging and shipping flowers in addition to gaining direct business experience with consumers by selling the flowers at the farmers market.

Woody Goble at the farmers market in Kula, Maui.
Woody Goble at the farmers market in Kula, Maui.
Battle of the red shirts: Woody Goble (left) and Worldwide Farmers Exchange staffer Christoper Barden (right) certainly stand out against the lush, green Kula landscape.
Battle of the red shirts: Woody Goble (left) and Worldwide Farmers Exchange staffer Christoper Barden (right) certainly stand out against the lush, green Kula landscape.
Leapin’ lizards! Woody has a number of horned chameleons on his farm. “They are actually cute, but they are running amok on the island,” he says.
Leapin’ lizards! Woody has a number of horned chameleons on his farm. “They are actually cute, but they are running amok on the island,” he says.
How does Oprah Winfrey feel about horned chameleons? It is likely she has an opinion: the popular talk show host and philanthropist owns a property next door to Woodruff’s farm.
How does Oprah Winfrey feel about horned chameleons? It is likely she has an opinion: the popular talk show host and philanthropist owns a property next door to Woodruff’s farm.