Stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of indoor agriculture, criminal justice reform, and the latest news about Second Chances Farm.
delaware business now
“second chances farm takes possession of bowers street Building”
September 5th, 2019 - Our friends from Delaware Business Now recently released another update on our project and announced our move into our brand new facility in Northeast Wilmington. The 47,500sqft warehouse, formerly the site of The Opportunity Center, Inc., will be home to our first full-scale vertical farm and contain close to 400 eight-level growing modules with almost 350,000 plants growing at any given time.
WDEL: Delaware’s news radio
“turning convicts into ‘compassionate capitalists’: Wilmington’s 1st indoor farm to grow 365 days”
July 17th, 2019 - “It's called vertical farming, and the area's first-of-its-kind venture is opening in Wilmington with a broader mission of turning former felons into farmers.” We were lucky enough to be joined by perhaps Delaware’s most reputable news radio station the day Mayor Mike Purzycki signed the indoor horticulture zoning amendment into law. They captured some great footage and important sound bytes from our very own Ajit George.
Check out this bonus interview with Ajit George, also done by WDEL’s “Pathways to Service” segment and released on September 1st, 2019.
Just click the play button on the bar directly below.
Delaware Business Times
“Social impact funds help rewrite the innovation ‘business model’”
September 9th, 2019 - Our very own CFO, Jon Brilliant, was featured this week as a Guest Columnist for the Delaware Business Times. Jon tells us about the history and importance of social impact investing and the reformation of Delaware’s first ‘Social Impact Fund.’ Delaware Community Foundation is relaunching the investment tool as the all new ‘DCF Evergreen Co-Investment Social Impact Fund’ - bringing new ‘for-profit solutions to non-profit problems’ in Delaware.
WITN-22 News, Wilmington
“Vertical farming in wilmington aimed at reducing recidivism”
July 17th, 2019 - Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki came to our home offices to sign the new zoning ordinance allowing indoor horticulture, a practice previously prohibited within city limits. Watch this in depth segment by Wilmington’s own WITN-22 about our mission and accomplishments.
Town square Delaware
“New Vertical Farm Helps Former Inmates Cultivate a New Chance at Life”
July 15th, 2019 - “We don’t want to just give them a job,” George said, “We want to have entrepreneurs in residence.” Second Chances is not just about creating jobs, it’s about creating enterprising business owners that can learn from our model and create jobs themselves and harness success. “We want to be transforming neighborhoods,” George said. He aims to be selling the plants and produce from the Riverside location by January. “We’re trying to make a holistic approach and set an example that we hope others will emulate.”
Greenville & Hockessin life magazine
“A second chance for a woman who believes in second chances”
June 26th, 2019 - SCF Restorative Justice Program Coordinator, Patricia May, spent 40 years working in criminal justice and the Delaware Department of Correction. She was held hostage in order to protect her during the prison riot of 2017 because of her deep connection with the inmates, but now she wants to give back from the outside. Read more about her and her connection with Second Chances in this fascinating article.
WHYY Radio Times
“Regional roundup” with Tracy Matisak
July 22, 2019 - On Monday our Founder, Ajit George, sat down with Tracy Matisak of WHYY in Philadelphia to discuss the ongoing adventures of Second Chances and how we are influencing the surrounding communities. Ajit was the final guest of a four part segment. You can listen to the whole segment on WHYY.org.
Delaware Business Times
“Plans for vertical farm take root in NE wilmington”
April 18, 2019 - “Second Chances Farm, LLC has entered into a Letter of Intent to purchase a 50,000-square-foot warehouse at 3030 Bowers St. in Northeast Wilmington and plans to open its first vertical farm by this fall if everything falls into place…”
DETV (IVAN THOMAS)
“Ajit Sessions - Second CHances Farm”
April 30, 2019 - Check out Ivan Thomas’ new sessions for DETV, featuring Ajit George this week, who got the chance to talk about Second Chances Farm in the film studio.
Check out more about DETV at: www.detvch.com
University of Delaware’s Hen hatch competition
April 30, 2019 - On Tuesday Night, Second Chances Farm was invited to present at the “Innovation Showcase” for the University of Delaware’s Hen Hatch 2019 Pitch Competition. Out of dozens of creative new business concepts from students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the university, Second Chances was eventually eliminated in the Semi-Final round. Fortunately, we were still asked to set up a booth at the “Innovation Showcase” preceding the competition finals. Six amazing teams were awarded cash and in-kind prizes for their innovative startup businesses, including “CATX,” who was curing cancer with mathematics, and “360 VR,” who designed a software to map out buildings for Firefighters and First Responders. The competition was tough, but it proved to be a great experience for Second Chances Farm and offered lots of exposure.
“The green collar revolution that’s headed to wilmington”
February 27, 2019 - Technical.ly Delaware asks Second Chances founder, Ajit George, about Opportunity Zones, Recidivism, Compassionate Capitalism, Hydroponics, and Green Collar Jobs. “Green,” Ajit says, “because it’s organic, it’s pesticide free, and it’s herbicide free. And it’s about growing food locally. This is not a hobby, this not a corner garden in the summer, it’s about growing food year round, on a production scale.”
Delaware Business Times
“Vertical farms envisioned as a path out of recidivism”
February 20, 2019 - Founder, Ajit George, was interviewed by Delaware Business Times to discuss how Second Chances Farm plans to fight the cycle of incarceration in Delaware and grow healthy, local produce in urban areas with indoor agriculture. “By planting these seeds in economically disadvantaged areas designated as Opportunity Zones, we can grow and nurture a new crop of Compassionate Capitalists and Green Collar jobs,” George said. “The only way to grow is up!”
Also featured in the article are Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Michael T. Scuse, and Stephen Sye, Executive Director of Pete du Pont’s Freedom Foundation.
Pete Du pont freedom foundation
“Reinventing delaware award”
December 5, 2018 - At the end of 2018, Second Chances Farm won #1 Best Idea at Pete DuPont Freedom Foundation’s “Reinventing Delaware 2018.” After a written application and three intense rounds of pitching competition among 100 other amazing and innovative business ideas, founder, Ajit George took home FIRST PRIZE as the top idea for making Delaware a better place to live, work, and raise a family.