Tucked away off Highway 49 midway between San Andreas and Mokelumne Hill sits an unassuming warehouse, home to Floating Islands West, the West Coast distributor and manufacturer of BioHaven Floating Islands.
We are a family business with a love for the outdoors, it is no surprise that our manufacturing facility is in the hills of Calaveras County. Prior to joining the Floating Island International team, we ran a highly successful stone design company which focused on high end xeriscapes, beautiful stone gardens, and water features modeled after nature. Our family has strong ties to the county in which we do business, as this has been our home for nearly 30 years.
Testament to the idea that sometimes timing and serendipity are key, we discovered Floating Islands by chance when a client inquired about a floating island for his koi pond. We had never heard of a “floating island,” but really just wanted to provide the requested product to our client…we did a search online for floating islands and found the inventor, a man by the name of Bruce Kania. At the time, we also had a retail showroom featuring a large selection of products for ponds and water gardens. The floating island concept seemed to a perfect fit for our showroom & client needs. An island that fish can swim under, while at the same time providing a beautiful floating garden and habitat, AND IT CLEANS WATER?! Why hadn’t we heard of this before?! We made contact and weeks later we were on a plane headed to a small town in Montana.
We went to meet with the inventor and his team in Shepherd, Montana, with the intention of learning what we can about this product; we had no idea how involved we would eventually become.
We were just taking care of a client, but we believed in what the floating islands were about and wanted to be a part of making a difference in our environment.``
One thing lead to another and we decided to join the team. After learning about the floating islands, it seemed to us like a natural solution to many of the environmental challenges of today. We decided to shift our focus from the stone world (which we love) and focus on this unique opportunity that fate presented. With the floating islands, we are in a position to make a sustainable difference in the world.