US (DE): Wilmington-based indoor farm to close under pile of lawsuits

Second Chances Farm, a recent recipient of national acclaim despite being dogged by legal and financial strife, is shutting its indoor Wilmington farm operation.

The company that hires former prisoners reentering society is closing its doors Friday, according to a letter obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal. The startup's founder, Ajit George, did not respond to questions about the closure in an email sent to him, nor did he respond to calls or a Wednesday visit to the business' 3030 Bowers St. location, where people could be seen on the loading dock near a Ryder box truck.

George, in the letter, alluded to the pandemic's economic impacts for the shutdown: "Covid had many unforeseen and unfortunate consequences and for better or worse, we opened our doors on January 6, 2020, just a few weeks before Covid made its unwelcome appearance. We gave it all we had but it simply wasn't enough at the end of the day to keep our doors open."

While the March 9 letter to a customer mentioned what he had hoped to achieve with the startup, George's letter does not talk about the legal troubles he and Second Chances are in with people and businesses who say he has not paid them – a similar complaint made by those who participated in a previous venture George established a few years prior. 


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