Aggressively Organic's Presence, Ambition Expanding

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A central Indiana indoor agriculture company is growing its footprint. Aggressively Organic creates hydroponic, micro-growth chamber technology to grow produce for what it says is "less than the cost of a large pizza." The less-than-one-year-old company is currently located at Launch Fishers and it will next week open a 40,000-square-foot facility elsewhere in the Hamilton County city.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Multimedia Journalist Mary-Rachel Redman, Founder Jonathan Partlow said he has nationwide ambition. "Because this model is a prototype model for the rest of the U.S., we will actively be seeking partners outside of Fishers to set up a controlled-environment agriculture farm using our systems and methodologies elsewhere," he said.

Aggressively Organic was recently featured in our Life Sciences INdiana enewsletter, which you can read by clicking here.

Partlow says the new space will allow Aggressively Organic to grow up to 6 million plans per year. Ultimately, Partlow's vision includes offering a membership-based delivery service model to bring new plants and pick up used hydroponic units "so we can be like the milkman or milkwoman." The new operation will include space for corporate, distribution, agriculture and manufacturing functions and employees.

The technology, Aggressively Organic says, allows anyone to grow organic vegetables in spaces from the size of a dorm room to the size of a large estate. Indiana continues to be renowned for its agriculture prowess and Partlow says Hoosier farmers grow "about five percent of what we eat." Initially, Partlow is aiming for 900 members, which he says will translate to five new employees. Over time, he hopes to bring on 900 members per month.

Partlow believes the city is poised to become a major agbiosciences haven, eventually serving as a hub for companies like his and Greenfield-based nonprofit Brandywine Creek Farms making Fishers what he says could be "probably the most sustainable community on the planet."

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