Jan and June Nel, owners of Let-Us Grow Hydroponics, have made a business in Hudson Bay that provides fresh produce year-round to local residents.“We learned by spending a lot of time on the internet and YouTube as well as lots of trial and error,” June said.
Jan worked at North Star Fertilizer, which subsequently became Crop Protection Services and then Nutrien Ag Solutions. He continued working full-time at Nutrien until December 2021, when he decided their new business was continuing to grow.
Jan and June both have degrees in business, and when the old Stewart Hawke Elementary School building was empty, and the Hudson Bay town council was looking at possible business proposals. Jan and June’s Let-Us Grow was born, and the rest is history. It was February 2019 when they started.
They currently sell their produce at the local grocery store and the Co-op in Porcupine Plain. They have also established a Let-Us Grow drive-through that had become even more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. People can go online and order with a form, making it convenient for everyone to pick their items up. They are currently looking at branching out to more grocery stores in the Northeast and are talking with Beeland Co-op to get their produce at the Tisdale grocery store.
June said they currently grow romaine leaves, salad mix, butter lettuce, tropicana (leaf lettuce), iceberg leaves, arugula, Swiss chard, kale, beet leaves, bok choy, cucumbers, tomatoes, as well as herbs like dill, basil, giant parsley, cilantro, thyme, and mint.
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