(Jackson, Wyo.) – When you push open the door, you are blasted with warmth and humidity, even though construction is still being completed at Vertical Harvest.
The building, which is the first of its kind in Jackson and one of only several in the U.S., appears to utilize every bit of space possible with innovative growing apparatuses that rotate the plants so they each get the optimal amount of sunlight. Vertical Harvest is its own self-contained ecosystem. The three-story, 12,300 sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse will grow the same amount of food annually as a five-acre farm.
Just a few weeks ago, despite the ongoing construction inside the building, Vertical Harvest Managing Director Penny McBride and Managing Partner Nona Yehia were able to start the first tomato plants. Today, the second floor is packed with growing plants and buzzing bees.