Oyster farming: Growing rocks for a living.

Our name came out of those brutal first years: wrong equipment, bad processes, not enough help. Night sweats from stress, sore everything, one too many neck operations and a whole lot of dead oysters.

These deceptive little buggers start the season so small that a million of them fit into a mesh bag the size of a cantaloupe. By Thanksgiving they will crush the spirit of any man unable to keep up with their growing call on his dwindling reserves of time and energy.

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Sustainability

The oyster is sustainability in action and a keystone species in the ecology of the Chesapeake. The farmed oyster, like it’s wild counterpart, requires no outside food input, cleans the water in which it lives (filtering up to 50 gallons/oyster/day!!), and is fundamentally responsible for an explosion of diversity of aquatic life in areas where oyster reefs or oyster farms exist.

Additionally, and no small matter, these farms provide sustainable jobs for the men and women who call oyster farming their profession.

Mission

But, there has to be more to life than just proving we have the stubbornness to endure. We know we are called to be our brother’s keeper and it’s easy to look no further than our local area (plenty of needs here) but we wanted to do something more.

So, inspired by the oysters, who spend every moment cleaning the water they live in, we decided to do a little water work of our own. That’s why we dedicate 5% of our TOP LINE revenue to help build wells that provide safe, clean, drinking water for our neighbors in Africa. For all the non-accounting types out there ‘top line’ means before fuel goes in the boat, before paying ourselves or any other expenses, we take 5 cents of every dollar of oyster sales and turn it over to a well driller we know from here on the eastern shore who has made it his business to drill hundreds of wells in Africa for those who need clean water. The mission is clear, the math is simple.

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James 4: 13-17

Madhouse. OYSTERS. WATER. LIFE.