A history of growth since 1977
Learn about Hydrofarm’s humble beginning as a hydroponics innovator amid a difficult drought, and how that catapulted us to grow into the publicly traded house of brands and best-in-class indoor agriculture resource for retailers and commercial growers that we are today.
 
1977
 
 
Hydrofarm is born
Marin County, CA
During the drought of 1977–78, founder Stuart Dvorin developed water-saving hydroponics that gained traction among gardeners to put Hydrofarm on the map.
Hydrofarm grows beyond its roots
With 65 employees, Hydrofarm moved its corporate headquarters to Petaluma, CA, in the heart of Sonoma County—a truly inspiring location with a rich horticultural history.
1994
 
 
2010
 
 
Major expansion
Our staff of “Hydrofarmers” more than doubled to 150+ employees, and our offices grew to 150,000 square feet.
A new leader in growth
Bill Toler joined as CEO, bringing 30+ years of senior executive experience at major consumer packaged goods companies, including seven years as CEO and president of Hostess Brands.
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
A Wall Street welcome
Hydrofarm (HYFM) becomes a publicly traded company and exceeds its IPO pricing expectations.
Growing our house brands
Hydrofarm launched Phantom PHOTOBIO™-TX and PHOTOBIO™-T Greenhouse and Indoor Grow Lights. We also added Canada’s Greenstar Plant products, Aurora Innovations, and House & Garden, Inc., to our impressive and growing brand portfolio.
2021
 
 
Hydrofarm now
With over 600 employees across the globe and a strong portfolio of manufactured and distributed brands, we are one of the leading companies in the global Controlled Environment Agriculture industry. Our mission is to support growers of all sizes and we pride ourselves on the relationships we’ve built over 40 years.
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Let’s talk growth
We’re here to answer any questions you have about our brands and products, growing in general, or partnering with us, as well as address customer service inquiries. Reach out to us and the right person from our team will get back to you within 48 hours.
Lettuce grown hydroponically