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Governor Mead Tours Vertical Harvest Site

August 29, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
Vertical Harvest

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead took time Tuesday to visit the building site for a community greenhouse called Vertical Harvest made possible through a $1.5-million grant from the state.  That grant was approved by the state loan investment board after receiving approval from the Wyoming Business Council in May.  Governor Mead says initially, he had his doubts about the project.  Mead says, “I had a lot of questions, and when they first talked to me I said I wasn’t in favor of it; but I kept at it and they kept with me and my vote was to support it and we look forward to their success.”  The three-story hydroponic greenhouse to be built adjacent the town’s parking structure will grow over 100,000 pounds of produce annually, with most being sold to local restaurants and grocery stores.  Those working in the greenhouse would be largely adults with developmental disabilities. It’s a concept Mead says could set an example for other communities. Says Mead: “Wouldn’t that be exciting if this works out as well as we hope it does – you know to think about fresh strawberries in Cheyenne in February would be a pretty nice thing.  And again, the ability to hire more people whether disadvantaged or not, that’s always a good thing.”  Organizers of Vertical Harvest plan to break ground next April with construction to be completed by November 2014.  They hope to harvest their first produce by mid-December.

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