By Lauren Olsen
Combining his green thumb with his business savvy, Noah Herron has cultivated the successful and growing company, Urban Farmer. Herron first started his business in the basement of his home in Broad Ripple, but quickly outgrew that and moved into a store front on 106 N. Union St. in downtown Westfield.
“It was a great location,” Herron said, but as the business continued to grow the 700 square feet building could no longer accommodate him.
He looked at more than 30 spaces before finding the right one. The new space is 2400 sq. ft., three times the size of his previous building and has plenty of green space.
Urban Farmer opened its doors at the new location on Oct. 1 at 4105 W Ind. 32. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
With the new space, Herron has been able to set up a greenhouse, and expand his business into new territory.
“I’m the most excited about our raised bed gardens,” he said.
He will start his vegetables in the greenhouse and when the growing season begins, he will move them to the raised bed gardens outside to continue to grow. The vegetable plants will be available for purchase.
“All our vegetables are grown using “Certified Naturally Grown” methods,” Herron said.
Urban Farmer will also be installing “Raised Bed Garden Kits” for Westfield residents. He said that they can be put anywhere – on top of grass, cement, decks – and you can move it each year.
They also offer the largest vegetable seed selection in Indiana with 30 tomato varieties, 20 peppers and 10 herbs just to name a few.
Herron hopes for continued growth in the future. His three-year plan is to build a larger facility and move somewhere that provides even more green space.
“I’m listening to customers and getting what they want,” said Herron.
For more information, visit www.ufseeds.com or call 600-2807.
What you should know:
If you start your vegetables indoors, you need to “harden off” the plant before moving it to an outdoor garden. This is best done over a one to two week period. On nice calm days take your plants outside for a few hours, this will get them ready to be moved outside for the season.
What’s new at the 4105 W Ind. 32 location? Trees and shrubs; perennials, annuals and roses; chicken feed; bee keeping supplies; and soil and fertilizer.