I grew up on a dairy farm in the small town of Carleton Place, Canada right on Lake Mississippi. It was a beautiful setting but I hated milking cows, 24/7 never a day off. My childhood dream was to have an orange orchard in sunny Florida. It sounded like paradise. That exact dream never came true but I always had it in the back of my mind.
I left Carleton Place when I went on to Queens University. My first job took me to Montreal which then led me to California where I ran a global business. Every summer my family and I would visit the old family farm back in Carleton Place. We all love water sports; skiing, canoeing, swimming and fishing. However, I would inevitably spend many hours everyday on my tractor there clearing the land. I love land. When we sold our business, my wife and I decided to look for some tropical property that we could develop into a sustainable farm.
We found the perfect property in Kauai. I thought this old sugar plantation was a great strategic piece of land even though the soil was overgrown with weeds and invasive species. I saw through the junk that there was a lot of top soil and it would be fertile ground. Having spent thousands of hours clearing this land, I know every inch of this farm and love improving the property an acre at a time, planting food and improving pasture.