Gardening specialists open shop off Main Street, Cortez

Racquel Hunter and Jayson Kain have opened High Hopes Hydroponics in Cortez. The shop is behind Notah Dineh at 360 W. First St., Suite C. Check out their website at

Come check out Cortez's latest gardening shop, High Hopes Hydroponics, located behind Notah Dineh on First Street in Cortez.

"We will take care of all of your gardening needs, inside and outside," said owner Racquel Hunter at the Feb. 14 grand opening.

Gardening supplies, watering systems, dirt, compost and lots of expert advice are available at the friendly shop. Racquel and her husband, Jayson Kain, have been gardening all their lives. They recently moved to the area from California to raise a family and get involved in local agriculture, especially the small-garden market.

"Our family is from here, and we are so happy to be back in Cortez," Hunter said.

Some of the supplies offered include organic bug control, mold and fungus solutions, lighting, nutrients, manure, and other soil amendments.

"We specialize in hydroponics," Hunter said. "The advantage is it speeds up the plant's metabolism, which results in more fruit."

Greenhouses and hydroponics allow for producing fruit year round, but there are a lot of tricks to the trade.

"Learn from the mistakes we have already made," Hunter says.

Check out their website at for more information.