In 2010 after living and working in California, Andrew and his wife moved to Florida with their dog Chloe. Seeing that Chloe wasn’t adjusting well to condo living, Andrew would bring in patches of sod for her to use on the balcony as a doggy potty. Despite enjoying the feel of the natural grass, this process soon got messy. From this, the idea of paying someone for the service to produce and deliver a natural grass patch was born.
With the support of family and friends, Andrew started Fresh Patch from a 200 sq ft storage unit. He delivered his hydroponically grown, Fresh Patch Grass pads from his own car. It was a slow start, but the feedback from his early customers kept him improving and developing the product and service.
On September 3, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for the construction and continuous delivery/replacement method of the product.
On February 3, 2015, Fresh Patch went on to receive national attention when Andrew pitched his Doggy Grass patch on the ABC television show Shark Tank. Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban made a combined offer of $150,000 for a 20% stake in the company. Today Fresh Patch has become one of the most successful pet products to ever appear on Shark Tank.
Fresh Patch has also been named as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and has been recommended by Hoda Kotb on NBC's Today Show.
I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of Fresh Patch. It has been and continues to be an amazing journey.