It is twenty years since Nick Maioulis first began to investigate the amazing properties of the neem plant and its significant health benefits. He then took his first steps towards establishing the neem farm by germinating seeds in a nursery. Today there are 6,200 neem trees on his 120 acre farm in South Abaco and the seeds from the farm are processed into a wide range of products in the Abaco Neem production center in Marsh Harbour.
Abaco Neem is now a very well established brand name with a wide range of products which are widely sought after for their healing and health giving properties.
“The medicinal and body line came first with pet care and home and garden and agricultural lines added later. We now produce 33 different products in these four ranges,” explained Mrs. Daphne de Gregory Maioulis, partner and sales and marketing manager. “Our products are now sold on seven different Bahamian islands and our next step is to go international,” she added.
In order to accommodate all of their new product lines they have restructured their processing facility by establishing a separate lab. They are very committed to growing their business in Nassau and Ellen Sands, who previously worked in the Abaco Neem processing centre on Abaco, is now the company’s full time agent in Nassau. “She is fast becoming the face of Neem in New Providence as our marketing representative and trainer,” stated Mrs. de Gregory-Maioulis.
Abaco Neem is now enjoying a fast growing mail order business and will ship anywhere in the world that Fed Ex goes.
“We are now looking to set up a production company in Florida and also looking at the possibility of growing our business in the Caribbean. We are in discussion with farms on other Caribbean Islands regarding the possibility of partnering with them as joint ventures since exporting is so expensive,” explained Mrs. De Gregory-Maioulis.
Education is a very important component of the Abaco Neem business and Mr. and Mrs. Maioulis are dedicated to getting their message about health and the environment out into the community. They conduct school tours to teach the children what goes into the ground goes into the body, gets on the skin and into the blood and they teach the children to make safer and better health choices which are the key to good health.
Presently, Abaco Neem is a product based company but Mr. and Mrs. Maioulis see it branching out into the agro eco-tourism market which has great potential for growth. Part of their future plan is to develop the farm as a destination for visitors who can participate in paid tours. “This would also help keep down the cost of production,” stated Mrs. Maiouis. “The Bahamas is not big on sustainability, it is a consumer society without a conscience,” she laments. She and her husband are trying to get the message across to people to grow trees.
When Nick Maiuolis established the neem farm he decided to promote chemical free growing and today the Abaco Neem farm holds the distinction of being the only certified organic farm in The Bahamas and the only certified organic neem farm in the entire western hemisphere.
More information about Abaco Neem can be found on its website: www.abaconeem.com. Its entire line of medicinal, health and beauty products and agricultural and pet care products can be purchased at the Abaco Neem store by the airport roundabout. The helpful staff are always happy to advise on the benefits and usages of their products.