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.
Located on a Town owned, infill lot in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this 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 Ability, Vertical Harvest produces jobs, internships and educational opportunities for people with different abilities.
Our mission is simple
We provide consistent, meaningful employment for people with intellectual and physical disabilities by cultivating nutritious food for the community.
Our impact is much larger
We join private investment, public resources and philanthropy as a model to create positive economic and social impact for communities.
We do good by doing well.
Vertical Harvest has been recognized by the New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Fast Company and the Future of Food. Check out our press here.
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
We are a public/private partnership with the Town of Jackson and the State of Wyoming.
Vertical Harvest provides meaningful employment in a fully integrated work place for over 15 local Wyoming residents with different abilities. This program is based on the tenets of Customized Employment and is designed to personalize the employment relationship between employee and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both.