Mike George is the proud owner/founder of Powder Point Oysters and he will tell you that there is no place he would rather be than out out on the water.
Born and raised in Duxbury, Mike knew what the town had to offer. But like many other college graduates he moved into Boston and began a career in good ole corporate America as a business analyst in the software industry. After a decade of ups and downs, while living the city life, he wanted something different.
Mike left the city and came back to Duxbury to think about his next move – never dreaming that it would be Oysters. What was suppose to be a part time summer gig, turned into a career and lifestyle change. It was then, during an afternoon boat ride on the bay, Mike made a split second decision. He wanted to make this his new life, no more suits and ties – he wanted to be out on the water.
And in 2002, he did just that. Mike immediately went to work and the farm was born. At first, he was working side by side with other farmers in town – learning the industry and tricks of trade while tending to his own crop. Then, in 2011, after learning what worked and what didn’t, he stopped farming for the “other guys” and launched the Powder Point Oyster brand.
With his own company he was able to establish processes that would set Power Point Oysters apart from the others. Mike knew his farm was different and customers would see that.
Mike is a graduate of U Mass Amherst, where he earned a degree in business. During his time at U Mass, Mike played football - walking on to the team as a freshmen and earning a full scholarship. When he is not tending to the farm or cruising the bay, you can find Mike on the golf course, beach or traveling.
Anyone who farms oysters for a living will tell you that it is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a business. We wanted to build our lives, and our culture around the idea of working with nature, and it turned out that oyster farming offered this to us and much more.
With the exception of summertime, we run the farm lean. It’s a level playing field, meaning our team can be seen at any given time doing a number of jobs - on the boat, packaging or driving the delivery truck into Boston. We run an “all hands on deck” operation, everyone is passionate about the farm and will do whatever job necessary to make sure the Oysters are meeting Powder Point’s standard.
In the summer, we like to grow the future of the farm with the future of our country. While it sounds corny, it’s the truth. We love having the high school and college kids on the farm for the summer. Some of our best workers have been with us since high school and they continue to come back every summer to help us “nurture the babies” and get the Oysters ready for cultivating.