Wyoming Startup Builds 3-Story Vertical Farm to Employ People With Disabilities

Wyoming Startup Builds 3-Story Vertical Farm to Employ People With Disabilities

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Jackson, Wyoming, is an unlikely place for urban farming: At an altitude over a mile high, with snow lasting into May, the growing season is sometimes only a couple of months long.

But the town is about to become home to one of the first vertical farms in the world, reports Fast CoExist. A startup called Vertical Harvest recently broke ground on a three-story, 13,500 sq ft hydroponics greenhouse that will be providing fresh micro-greens and tomatoes to the Jackson community.

Equal to 5 acres of traditional agriculture, the produce will be grown on revolving carrousels and 95% of its produce has already been sold under pre-purchase agreements with area restaurants and local grocery stores.

And, perhaps best of all, their mission includes an employment and training program for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them achieve happiness, success, and independence.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from Fast Coexist)

Story tip from Joel Arellano – Illustration from Vertical Harvest

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