A downtown grower of hydroponic edibles received a financial boost to provide capital for his growing business.

   Ernessi Organics, owned by Bryan Ernst of Ripon, was granted a $60,000 loan from the city of Ripon revolving loan fund following a unanimous vote at a special Common Council meeting last week Friday morning.

   Terms of the loan include 4-percent interest repaid over five years.

   This represents the second such loan for Ernessi Organics. It also received a $60,000 loan last year as well to be repaid at 4 percent over seven years.

   Ernst’s latest request comes after his business has experienced exponential growth over the past two years, he explained to the council.

   “We started supplying a couple restaurants, and now we are in 16 different grocery stores,” he said. “What we are doing now is we are delivering three different types of herbs and other kinds of produce to grocery stores, and these grocery stores are asking us now to supply the full line of culinary herbs — the main eight culinary herbs — because everything is going so well.”

Read the full story, including Ernst's expected growth for the company, in the August 18, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.