Endorsed by Slow Money Hawaii on KIVA's crowd lending platform, 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.
Founder and facilitator of Slow Money Hawaii, Mary spent a decade in small businesses before a 17 year career in non-profit fundraising. At Waikiki Health Center and Easter Seals Hawaii, where she helped donors align their philanthropy with their philanthropy, she came to understand that business and charity share the goal to be a force for good in their communities. Yet, they are regarded so differently. After retiring from fund raising and pursuing her interest in gardening and agriculture, Mary learned about the emerging third sector (also referred to as ValuesorImpact Investing) and Slow Money. In this realm, she found the opportunity to combine her fundraising skills with her love of farms, garden-fresh food and nature to play a small role in helping Hawaii farmers to rebuild a sustain-able and regenerative agricultural system that will nourish us all.