Off the same road that takes you to the southernmost point of the United States (South Point in Naalehu, Hawaii) sits a 75-acre organic farm. Paradise Meadows Orchard and Bee Farm is the home to 1400 lime trees, 300 Sharwil avocado trees, coffee trees, macadamia nut trees, 35 bee hives, a slew of various veggies, and of course a family of parrots.

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From the minute you pull into the “off the beaten path” driveway, you are immediately greeted with a warm Aloha and encouraged to sample from a huge selection of local goods; ranging from chocolate covered mac nuts to award-winning coffee. The generosity of the whole staff was overwhelming and touched our hearts.

The owner, Scott Buske, a jolly and sincere chap, came out to greet us and explain the procedures for proper mac nut processing. Later, his wife, Megan gave us a detailed tour of the farm.

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Apple bananas growing in plenty, plump limes ready to be harvested, and scents of papaya flowers in the air had me awestruck.

What stood out to me the most, was the farming efficiency. They utilize an aquaponics system to feed and water the vegetable gardens and greenhouse. They say, “Aquaponics is the fusion of two methods of farming – Aquaculture (fish farming) and Hydroponics (growing in water instead of soil).” Unlike, hydroponics only, their “closed pond” system requires no chemicals to maintain, and uses virtually no water to grow a bounty of produce.

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The honey production caught my attention as well. With dozens of varieties of flowers on the property, the honey (depending on the time of harvest and what the bees fed on) will have different flavor notes. For example, their Winter honey has flavor properties of avocado blossom and mac nut nectar. Divine!

Of course, through my holistic business lens, this operation offered far more than just efficiency and sustainability. In addition, and to me the most vital, they ran on an intrinsic hum of a wholesome community.

We encountered 5 members of the staff on our trip, each with a bright smile and a helping nature. To me, when your passion melds with your career, you’ve achieved nirvana. Paradise Meadows has struck this sweet spot. Their joy to share what they’ve created was overflowing. We left nourished from the inside out.

My challenge to you is this – have a look at your business. Does it feel like a drag or does it still “juice you up?” If it’s the first, re-evaluate, tweak, or go back to the drawing board until you strike the perfect balance of doing what you love and loving what you do.

Until next time…breathe joy,