Growing up in the fertile Red River Valley in northern Minnesota, Lisa’s family raised sheep and chickens for market. After graduating high school and working in publishing for several years, Lisa traveled the U.S. (by bicycle) and finally settled in northern California where she spent 7 years fighting wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service.
Throughout her life, Lisa has been a passionate gardener. Moving to Hawaii in 2006 allowed her to fulfill that passion year-round. She transformed a two acre piece of old cane land into the wonderful organic farm it is today using permaculture techniques and organic farming principles. She believes if you’ve got soil, you’ve got everything. She also believes that there aren’t enough farmers in Hawaii willing to put in the hard work that organic farming takes. She got her real estate license in order to help people willing to put in that hard work find the land they need.
Lisa got her start in real estate by buying and selling a fixer-upper in Humboldt County in northern California. She and her family relocated to Hawaii Island and built an off-grid, solar powered home in the paradise belt of upper Kapoho. This is where she raises goats, chickens, ducks and any number of fruits that she puts out at her fruit stand on the highway.
Lisa has the type of personality and attention to detail that it takes to make a fine agent.
Her experience of creating her own farm would be useful to anyone who wants to become more self-sufficient.