I've always dreamed of a sustainable farm back in my home of Hawai'i - one focused on cultural preservation and community.
But the dream of a 'farmlet' was always pushed aside. In my mind's eye, the size of the land we needed in order to make an impact kept getting bigger, so the bank account needed to be larger, and thus the date had to be later. But I recently realized that we were living to build a dream - and I had to remind myself that sometimes, the dream begins once you start truly living.
So now we are making a leap of faith and heart - after a difficult and scary departure from the company I built, we decided to commence a new type of journey. We're moving to our tiny Maui Farmlet with nothing but a few books on livestock and poultry, tools and a whole lot of hope that we can make it work. And with an understanding gained through adulthood that a 'meaningful life' can come in a lot of different ways.
We want to prove to ourselves that even the small landholder can play an important role in agriculture and sustainability. We believe that by having passionate respect and love for the land, ocean, animals and community, you can reap the bounties of your labor and pave the way for others around you.