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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m pleased to report that our sales with Hydrofarm have increased each year. Their knowledge and experience in the industry is impressive. They’ve worked very hard over the years to build lasting relationships with their customers, and it certainly shows. With their experience as a distributor, along with their relationships in the field, I believe that Hydrofarm has to be considered as one of the best in the business.
-Grower Partner, Age Old Nutrients
We’ve been doing business with Hydrofarm for over 30 years. Terrific symbiosis, and this has led to great success for us. Hydrofarm has stayed at the forefront of current industry trends, and the sales team works like a finely tuned machine, and makes sure we’re taken care of. They are leaders of lighting, ventilation, irrigation, propagation, grow media, and plant nutrition. They take the effort to get all their products right. I see a lot of great things on the horizon.
-Curtis Jones, Greenfire
Hydrofarm has always been a very good customer for Atmosphere. Hydrofarm has always given a really great representation of our products, and have always managed to develop our products’ market share. We very much enjoy working with everyone at Hydrofarm and hope that our relationship with their team continues to grow in the years to come.
-Melissa Lehman, Atmosphere
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.