Jackson Hole, Wyoming, may not be the first place people pick out on a map to travel to, but it does garner significant tourist numbers. Still, the tourists only stay for short periods of time.
The town experiences long, cold, bitter winters, resulting in its produce taking a huge hit because quite simply, residents can’t grow much of anything due to the harsh weather.
As a result, Jackson Hole has to rely on neighboring states and even other countries to import fresh fruits and vegetables, but a new project called Vertical Harvest is hoping it can help feed the town’s residents in a more efficient manner.
Vertical Harvest is a multi-story greenhouse that will be built on the side of a parking garage, a rare vertical farm capable of growing tomatoes, herbs, and microgreens.
How It Works:
Vertical Harvest’s 30 foot by 150 foot plot of land features carousels that keep plants moving the length of the greenhouse, giving them equal time in natural light, and also allowing workers to pick and transfer the crops.
Hydroponics enables the initiative to produce over 37,000 pounds of greens, 4,400 pounds of herbs, and 44,000 pounds of tomatoes!
Best of all, Vertical Harvest uses 90 percent less water and 100 percent fewer pesticides than traditional farming.