The World’s First Vertical Farm

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Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole is a public/private partnership with the town of Jackson that will fill an ever increasing market demand for locally grown, fresh produce by building a three story, 13,500 sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse in the heart of downtown. The greenhouse will utilize a 1/10 of an acre infill lot to grow an annual amount of produce equivalent to 5 acres of traditional agriculture. The start-up called Vertical Harvest wants to make a 3-story stack of greenhouses right in the middle of the city. These will offer the possibility to grow crops like tomatoes and micro-greens. The design of the entire space is futuristic. Each of the greenhouse floors will move on a conveyor belt, giving the whole farm almost a SF factory ambiance. Explore the building plans showcased here to get a better understanding of what a vertical farm will really work and look like.

“We’re replacing food that was being grown in Mexico or California and shipped in,” explains Penny McBride, one of the co-founders. “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.”

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“One of the things the town of Jackson was concerned with was if we using more energy than if a tomatoes was trucked in here,” says Nona Yehia, the architect of the vertical farm and one of the company’s co-founders. Greenhouses do typically use a lot of energy, especially in a cold climate, but the math worked out, in part because of the farm’s design.

Vertical Harvest Details
Construction Start- November 2014
Project Type- Public/Private Partnership
Construction Costs- 3,700,000
USD Site Area- 4,500 Sq. Ft.
Building Area- 13,500 Sq. Ft.
Building Width- 150 Ft.
Building Depth- 30 Ft.

 

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First-Vertical-Farms-4 source: www.verticalharvestjackson.com

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One Response to “The World’s First Vertical Farm”

  1. Don Rima says:

    Has this gotten past the wish/design stages? I was out there a year ago and it hadn’t even been started.

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