After seven years, Vertical Harvest - Jackson Hole’s hydroponic greenhouse – celebrates its grand opening this week. A hydroponic greenhouse grows plants without soil, and with less water than traditional methods. Vertical Harvest raises tomatoes, basil, and greens straight up in the air, which means the plants are stacked in several stories worth of growing space.
CEO and co-founder of Vertical Harvest Nona Yehia says the operation has been selling its produce to local restaurants, schools, and the hospital for about a month now.
"We also have an on-site market where we can sell what we’re growing here in the greenhouse directly to the public. That opened up in early March and it has been really popular," says Yehia.
Vertical Harvest aims to grow 100,000 pounds of produce for Jackson Hole each year.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Vertical Harvest Thursday morning at 10:30, and will feature public tours, a keynote speech by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, and a local street fair.