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Inside or out, your garden can grow

  • Fertilizers and other soil additives at Hilltown Growers Supply on Route 2 in Shelburne in the Arrowhead Shops. January 11, 2018. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz...

  • Wilder Sparks of Hilltown Growers Supply on Route 2 in Shelburne holds up a grow bulb in his store in the Arrowhead Shops. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • The exterior of Hilltown Growers Supply on Route 2 in Shelburne in the Arrowhead Shops. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • A portable grow room at Hilltown Growers Supply on Route 2 in Shelburne in the Arrowhead Shops. January 11, 2018. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz...



Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 25, 2018

SHELBURNE — Spring may be two months away, but growing season is just around the corner for those who start their seeds indoors. Hilltown Growers Supply, a new business at 1105 Mohawk Trail (the Arrowhead Plaza shops), has hydroponics, indoor and outdoor gardening supplies, along with the expertise to help new growers.

This shop contains climate-controlled pop-up tents that create a small greenhouse within your home, Hot House mini-greenhouse systems with heat mats, oxyCLONE hydro-farm propagation systems, grow lights, and minerals for plants.

“February is the time to start your seeds, so they’re nice and big by Mother’s Day — if you’re planning to grow them outside,” says Wilder Sparks of Charlemont, who co-owns the shop with his wife, Ashley.

While Hilltown Growers doesn’t sell marijuana seeds, “it has all the equipment and expertise to help,” says Sparks.

Under provisions of the new Massachusetts recreational marijuana legislation, adults are allowed to grow a limited amount inside their residences — up to six plants for a single adult, or up to 12 plants per household. Also, since 2013, medical marijuana patients have been able to get a written recommendation from their physicians to cultivate marijuana.

At the front counter are several copies of “Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible.” Sparks is a former medical marijuana patient, who grew his own marijuana when he lived in California, to relieve pain from a long-time leg injury. During his four years in California, he said, he learned a lot from professional growers about growing it. ”

We’re very enthusiastic. We’re definitely encouraging people to take advantage of Massachusetts laws, to grow their own cannabis,” he said.

Although Sparks is a Charlemont native, he and his wife also lived in Hawaii for three years, where they grew white pineapple, lychee (an Asian fruit), citrus fruits, passion fruit and dragon fruit.

Hilltown Growers Supply has many provisions for orchid-growers and will soon carry heirloom vegetable and flower seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

“We stand behind our products,” said Sparks. We wouldn’t carry anything we wouldn’t use ourselves. We hate to see people using inferior products.” Sparks said some of the growing equipment might be available online, “but Amazon can’t tell you how to do it. And we definitely can and we do.”

The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The phone number is 413-489-3179.