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Updated: May 25, 2020 The Power 50 Class of 2020

2020 Power 50: Paul Sellew

Paul Sellew, president and CEO of Little Leaf Farms, LLC
Paul Sellew
  • Title: President & CEO
  • Company: Little Leaf Farms, LLC
  • Location: Devens
  • Residence: Carlisle
  • College: Cornell

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Sellew’s not the only hydroponics grower in Massachusetts, and it's not his first time finding such success with a startup.

Something with Little Leaf Farms has certainly worked, though. Little Leaf, which opened in 2016, has expanded from a 2.5-acre greenhouse to one today spanning 10 acres. Its ability to efficiently – with no pesticides or other chemicals, while using far less water and far less land – churn out lettuce and arugula for grocery stores across New England requires virtually no human interaction until the produce is washed and packaged. The formula has worked so well Little Leaf is building two more greenhouses, each spanning 20 acres, in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. For Sellew, the company has been a combination of his childhood growing up on a farm in Connecticut and the use of technology to grow healthy food not needing to be shipped across the country. It’s not the first winning recipe for Sellew, who founded Backyard Farms, a grower and distributor of tomatoes in Maine, and Harvest Power, an organics recycler.

What makes Central Mass. unique? We are near major markets with a large consumer population. You have land available to build your business and have access to great people for your employee base.

Baller time: I am 6’8” and a former professional basketball player, playing in South America & Europe.

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