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Indoor Garden Supply is Matt Wolfel’s dream

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Matt Wolfel grew up gardening. Now he has opened Indoor Garden Supply in Springfield with everything you need to grow plants year-round.

Matt Wolfel grew up gardening. Now he has opened Indoor Garden Supply in Springfield with everything you need to grow plants year-round.

Matt Wolfel has had special place in his life for gardening and raising plants since he was 7 years old. Raised on a farm, he first job was in a Springfield greenhouse.

“My knowledge base grew dramatically just by being around plant lovers all day every day,” he remembers.  “My tan wasn’t too bad either.”

Now, after a year of job hunting and market research, his dream of owning his own business has come true at Indoor Garden Supply at 1852 S. Stewart Avenue in Springfield, behind Plaza Shopping Center. He did all the work himself.

“Through all of my research one idea kept rising to the top,” he says.  “When I searched a bit further and found every major city in Missouri had a hydroponics related store, but Springfield had none within 90 miles.”

Wolfel and his wife had considerable success growing outdoors and then indoors in the Denver area: “Soon our entire basement was filled with produce that was so abundant we canned and provided for not only ourselves but friends and family.”

“We then began to search out sources of non-GMO, non-hybridized fruits an vegetables leading us to heirloom alpine strawberries.”
Returning to his home town, he opened his store in May with help from his grandparents. IGS offers everything from indoor sun systems to to complete hydroponic setups to a wide variety of familiar names. It may be a cliche, but if IGS doesn’t have it, you may not need it.

“You can grow several plants of a smaller size with a rapid turnaround in a system such as an ebb and flow table,” he wrote in an e-mail. “This allows for an extremely fast harvest compared to outdoors and with a quick cleanup back to another crop of anything else that you have a need or desire to grow.”

Guess what, he’s growing young strawberries again, only this time in the store of his dreams.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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