Also endorsed by Slow Money Hawaii on KIVA, Offshore Organics quickly raised $10,000 to purchase equipment to startup an aeroponics farm in Haleiwa, Oahu. They have a quarter acre under lease and have been working on their technology and plans for one year. Their plan is to produce a specialty lettuce for local restaurants using their own proprietary technology to manage growing conditions of the plants. They ran an eight month pilot "farm" on their rooftop and were ready to roll. We look forward to hearing of their progress.
Mary is the founder and volunteer facilitator of Slow Money Hawaii. Her last career was in non-profit fundraising where she matched donors with opportunities to align their charitable dollars with their values. Mary saw a dis-connect between the goals of charity and those of business. Both need money to operate, to generate a return, and both should be benefiting their commun-ities. So, why treat the two so differently? Mary felt there should be a middle road and began hearing about the emerging 'third sector,' also referred to as 'values investing' or 'impact investing.' In this sector, Mary discovered Slow Money and the opportunity to match her fundraising skills with her love of farms, food and Hawaii's natural environment.