Total loan: $7,000


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Pahoa, HI, United States / Agriculture

Johnny's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped buy necessary plumbing and water catchment parts, soil amendments, and aquaculture components that are needed to get our fish ponds operational on our farm.

Johnny's story

My wife Jaymie, our daughter Moana and myself are the founders of Anuenue farm. I grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia and in the Pacific Northwest. I studied Forestry and botany in College, and worked for the Forest Service for 11 years, building hiking trails in several wilderness areas. I also volunteered, then worked for two outdoor schools, Boulder Outdoor School and Wilderness Awareness school, teaching survival and life skills for simple living on the earth. After teaching for 7 years, I felt that it was time to really live the dream rather than just teach it, and I started a journey that led me north to British Columbia where I met my wife, Jaymie at a Primitive Skills gathering. Jaymie grew up in a small fishing village in Newfoundland, Canada. She studied Biological Sciences at Seneca College and Guelph University. After a close friend died, she had a change of heart, and traveled to California to work on an organic farm. She eventually became the assistant farm manager. After we met and decided that we would like to have a home and family together, we searched for an ideal place for us. The big island of Hawaii fit our dream. From the beginning stages , we realized that we wanted other like minded families and individuals to share the farm. It felt natural that we invited the family of one of our first farm workers to live on the farm. We envision having 4 families and several individuals living on the farm in the no-so-distant future. Our goal is to grow healthy tropical fruits, vegetables, fish and livestock products to sell to local markets, to financially support us and other families living on the farm, as well as to feed all those living on the farm.