In Jackson, Wyoming, a company called Vertical Harvest recently began building a three-story vertical greenhouse.
In addition to providing fresh tomatoes and greens to the local area, the vertical farm will also focus on employing people who have developmental disabilities and have trouble finding jobs elsewhere.
“We’re replacing food that was being grown in Mexico or California and shipped in. We feel like the community’s really ready for a project like this. Everybody’s so much more aware of the need to reduce transportation, and people like to know their farmer and where food’s coming from,” Penny McBride, one of the co-founders said.
The plan has been five years in the making, and the group has just recently began construction on the project.
Vertical Harvest has been designed specifically for Jackson’s altitude, latitude, climate and location.
According to the Vertical Harvest website, produce grown at the greenhouse will not compete with area growers, but instead will compete with currently imported produce from large-scale distributors whose supply is from distant states. Vertical Harvest will grow locally, but the target sales will supplant produce imported to restaurants and local grocery stores.
In just one year, the greenhouse should be able to produce over 37,000 pounds of greens, 4,400 pounds of herbs, and 44,000 pounds of tomatoes.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.