Before retiring in 2016, Joe led technology initiatives in Kenya, Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, South Africa and other developing countries. He made eleven trips to Kenya alone. In response to the Somali refugee crisis in 2011-2012, Joe led a project to significantly improve the connectivity in the Dadaab refugee camp: See short video here. Joe also traveled to Haiti immediately after the earthquake to lead a team of engineers to reconnect the local humanitarian organizations. In 2010, Joe camped for two weeks in Kenya's Masai Mare and visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Green Belt Movement, Giraffe Centre and other conservation projects. These experiences affected Joe's sense of social responsibility.
Joe purchased the farm in 2012 and does his best to apply it towards animal rescue, conservation and enabling next generation organic farmers.