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Growing Hydroponic Business

August 28, 2019


BRIDGET: WHEN YOU THINK OF AGRICULTURE IN SOUTH DAKOTA YOU MIGHT PICTURE A TRACTOR OR A COMBINE ROLLING DOWN A FIELD. TIM: BUT YOU WON’T FIND ANY BIG MACHINERY AT ONE FARM IN PUKWANA. KELLI VOLK TAKES US INSIDE HAPPY HYDROS FOR A LOOK AT HOW IT’S GROWN OVER THE YEARS. ” THERE ARE NO days off for MARK AND TEAL SCHOLL. “GOTTA MAKE HAY WHEN THE SUN’S SHINING,” HAPPY HYDROS OWNER MARK SCHOLL SAID. THE HUSBAND AND WIFE SPEND A COUNTLESS NUMBER OF HOURS PLANTING, NURTURING, HARVESTING AND DELIVERING THEIR PRODUCE. BUT YOU WON’T FIND ANY DIRT IN THIS GREENHOUSE. IT’S A HYDROPONIC OPERATION. “THE ROOTS DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE SOIL TO FIND NUTRIENTS. WE FEED THEM RIGHT TO THEM,” SCHOLL SAID. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT DREW SKEPTICISM WHEN THE TWO FIRST GOT INTO BUSINESS ABOUT 11 YEARS AGO. “MOST PEOPLE SAID, ‘IF YOU DON’T GROW IT IN THE DIRT YOU CAN’T GROW IT,'” SCHOLL SAID. THE SCHOLLS EVEN HAD TROUBLE SECURING A BUSINESS LOAN EARLY ON. IT TOOK MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE A BANK AGREED TO TAKE A CHANCE ON THE BUSINESS PARTNERS. “WE FINALLY FOUND ONE BANK THAT SAID, ‘IT’S REALLY OUTSIDE THE BOX,’ BUT HE SAID IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO YOU COULDN’T GROW WHEAT WEST OF THE RIVER EITHER,” SCHOLL SAID. THE TWO STARTED HAPPY HYDROS BY JUST GROWING TOMATOES. THEN THEY ADDED LETTUCE, ANOTHER RISKY MOVE THAT DIDN’T TAKE OFF RIGHT AWAY. “THE GROWTH WASN’T RIGHT. I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND IT RIGHT. IF IT WASN’T AN ICEBERG PIECE OF LETTUCE PEOPLE DIDN’T WANT IT AROUND HERE,” SCHOLL SAID. BUT CHEFS IN THE REGION STARTED SHOWING INTEREST IN THE SCHOLLS’ LETTUCE. MICHAEL HASKETT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SCHOLL’S LETTUCE AND OTHER VEGETABLES AT HIS DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS RESTAURANT M.B. HASKETT FOR YEARS. “WE’VE BEEN WITH HAPPY HYDROS LONG ENOUGH THAT I CAN’T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW WE FIRST FOUND THEM,” M.B. HASKETT OWNER MICHAEL HASKETT SAID THEY GROW OTHER PRODUCE TOO, INCLUDING CUCUMBERS, WHICH IS THEIR MOST POPULAR ITEM RIGHT NOW. HAPPY HYROS PRODUCES ABOUT 225,000 POUNDS OF TIM: THE SCHOLLS ALSO OWN A PROCESSING FACILITY CALLED GRANDMA D’S KITCHEN. NOT ONLY DO THEY MAKE THEIR OWN PRODUCTS INCLUDING SALSA, BUT THEY ALSO DO THE CPACKING FOR OTHER BUSINESSES. TIM: GRAB YOUR CLUBS AND HEAD TO THE GREENS.. THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SIOUXLAND IS HOSTING A GOLF TOURNAMENT.. AND ITS FOR A GREAT CAUSE.. BRIDGETS

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