Total loan: $10,000
Captain Cook, HI, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped expand the educational and agri-tourism income streams of my farm business by a projected $70k to $85k per year increase!
Aloha, I am a 40 year old farmer. I have not always been a farmer... I am from California and now live in Hawaii. In 2010 I moved my family from a suburban city environment where I made really good money in real estate to rural Hawaii to start an Aquaponics vegetable farm. I did this for a couple of reasons: 1. I wanted to raise my kids in a better environment where family comes first. An environment where my wife and I could teach our kids what really matters in life. A rural family farm is the perfect place for us! I also wanted to make a difference by growing healthy, vibrant and fresh veggies for the local food systems. We have been doing this for 6 years now!! 2. I wanted to teach people how to grow food. Teaching people to grow food for themselves, their families and on a commercial basis makes a much broader impact on food systems throughout the world compared to just producing food myself. I saw Aquaponics as the perfect vehicle for training others to grow food. Aquaponics has many, many pluses over conventional agriculture and it can be done in almost any environment. I have been a successful Aquaponics Farmer for over 6 years. Not only do we produce hundreds to thousands of pounds of fresh veggies every week that go into our local food systems, but we also are able to follow my passion by teaching others from all over the world how to farm and grow food with Aquaponics! On a personal note in 2012 (only a few years into my new farm business) one of my son's was diagnosed with Leukemia. Noah was 4 years old at the time. To say this changed our lives is an understatement. Today Noah is 8 and just finished 3+ years of chemotherapy. Today he is in solid remission! His cancer diagnosis changed me and my entire family. We now have a very solid understanding of what matters in life! From a personal standpoint I am learning how to plan for tomorrow but live for today and I am learning many things from my hero...my young son. From a business standpoint I value the lifestyle farming has given me. Being able to walk out the door of my house and be at work helped a lot throughout Noah's long and grueling treatment and allowed me to be involved in his care while still managing our business. It allowed me to be a father when Noah needed it most and it allowed me to run a successful business at the same time. For this I am thankful. Also, I now see what we are doing for our local food systems as well as teaching others how to grow food as our way of making a difference. When you fight for your son's life everything that doesn't matter in life is stripped away. You do not have the convenience of worrying or dwelling on petty and incidental things. Through it all I have seen our business survive and thrive. We grow healthy food for people and we teach other do so as well. Food is a basic necessity of life. We see our business as an avenue for us to teach others about something that should matter to everyone, healthy eating and healthy living....