States with short growing seasons often rely on warmer, sunnier locations to send along their fruits and vegetables. But not only does this mean the produce on your plate isn’t as fresh as can be, shipping food around the world leaves a massive carbon footprint, damaging our already delicate planet.
High altitude and a cold climate forced Jackson, Wyoming, to rely on California and Mexico for leafy greens and juicy tomatoes, but a new vertical greenhouse will soon make a big dent in food imports.
Vertical Harvest, a three-story greenhouse currently undergoing construction, expects to yield 100,000 pounds of produce annually, Inhabitant reports. The greenhouse will be pesticide-free and require 90 percent less water than traditional farming.
The architects behind Vertical Harvest took the entire community’s best interests to heart. They made sure the energy required to grow their own produce was less than importing it. Using a hydroponic system and a design that capitalizes on natural light, tomatoes, micro-greens and herbs will thrive with minimal energy costs.
They’re also being selective about what they grow and only producing crops that can’t be grown locally so they won’t snuff out neighboring farms. It will also house a small educational room so visitors can witness the process in action — without contaminating the produce, of course.
And to top it all off, the Vertical Harvest aims to employ community members with disabilities who otherwise have limited job opportunities.
Learn more about Vertical Harvest at its website and by watching the video below:
Top photo courtesy of E/Ye Design