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2019 Power 50: Paul Sellew

Paul Sellew  Founder & CEO Little Leaf Farms, Devens Residence: Carlisle College: Cornell University
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Sellew had already figured out how to grow and distribute greenhouse-grown tomatoes as the founder of Backyard Farms. Then he founded Harvest Power, which he says grew into the largest organics recycler in North America. For his third act, Sellew led the creation of Little Leaf Farms in Devens, which has attracted widespread attention for its year-round technologically advanced, hands-off, nearly completely automated leafy greens growing facility.

Only rainwater is used for irrigation, and the entire growing process takes place on automatically moveable trays. The 10-acre greenhouse could show the rest of New England and other areas with short growing season how fresh produce can make its way to grocery stores with far less impact on the environment, a far shorter shipping distance and much less necessary land.

Sellew knows our salads don’t have to come from the West Coast, and now he’s proving it.

Where is the Central Mass. community headed? Continued growth for Little Leaf. We are building new greenhouses and trying to keep up with the demand for our product.

Hoop dreams: I am a former professional basketball player with teams in South America and Europe.

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