eTown Interview – Nona Yehia of Vertical Harvest (Jackson Hole, WY)

Nona Yehia - Vertical Harvest - eTown Interview


Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole responds to two significant needs in the community:

1. Jackson has a 4 month growing season and imports the majority of its produce from outside Wyoming.

2. There is a 78% unemployment rate for people with different abilities in Wyoming. This population deserves the opportunity to participate in the workforce, earn a competitive wage and contribute to their community in a meaningful way.


Nona Yehia - Vertical Harvest - eTown Interview

Located on a Town-owned, infill lot in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the 13,500 square foot greenhouse utilizes a 1/10 acre site to grow an annual amount of produce equivalent to 10 acres of traditional farming. Vertical Harvest enables the community to grow produce 365 days a year despite the difficulties posed by the harsh climate.

Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole sells locally grown, fresh vegetables year-round to Jackson area restaurants, grocery stores and directly to consumers through on-site sales. Vertical Harvest replaces 100,000 lbs of produce that is trucked into the community each year. In addition to fresh lettuce, microgreens and tomatoes.

In collaboration with nonprofit organization CULTIVATE, Vertical Harvest produces jobs, internships and educational opportunities for people with different abilities.


Nona Yehia - Vertical Harvest - eTown Interview

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