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BrightFarms plans to build 160,000 sq. ft greenhouse in Ohio
BrightFarms, a start-up revolutionizing the U.S. produce supply chain by creating the first national brand of local produce, today announced it will build a 160,000 square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, creating 30 permanent green collar jobs. Slated for completion in late 2017, it will provide 1,000,000 pounds of fresh salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year for the surrounding region.
Local produce year-round
“A model for the future of local, low-impact farming, the BrightFarms Ohio Greenhouse will be the most sustainable source of local year-round salad greens, herbs and tomatoes in the Ohio market. In addition to creating jobs, it will significantly reduce food miles and improve the environmental impact of the food supply chain. The nation’s best supermarkets are responding to consumer demand for fresher, tastier and more sustainable produce,” said Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms, “and so demand for local produce like ours continues to grow extremely quickly.”
A cutting-edge, scalable solution to Americans’ increasing demand for local and sustainable food, the BrightFarms Ohio Greenhouse will use 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 95 percent less shipping fuel than traditional farming methods. All produce will be Non-GMO and pesticide-free.
“Wilmington is blessed to have cutting-edge agriculture locate here,” said Mayor John Stanforth. “This is a great example of the farm-to-table supply chain, which ensures fresh foods.”
The BrightFarms business model provides a steady supply and consistent pricing for local retailers, which, in turn, offers year-round access to consumers to the freshest produce available. BrightFarms’ unique ability to provide sustainable, local produce at a profitable, commercial scale is revolutionizing the industry and its thought leadership does not go unnoticed among local food enthusiasts.
“My restaurant, Bar Dumaine, relies on fresh, local ingredients,” said local chef Anne Kearney, “so it’s great that BrightFarms is opening a greenhouse in Wilmington to provide just that, right in our backyard.”
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Publication date: 3/23/2017
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