The glass façade of the Vertical Harvest greenhouse in Jackson allows the sun and shade to accent architect Nona Yehia as she delivers remarks during the building’s opening May 26. Yehia, a partner in E/Ye Design that created the building, described it as a “dream project” that will respond to numerous community needs. Activist Penny McBride, dedicated to sustainable-community projects, developed the building and operation with Yehia, greenhouse engineer Thomas Larssen and others. The building utilizes a left-over 0.1-acre lot adjacent to the town’s parking garage and will supply residents with fresh produce — more nutritious and tasty than what’s frequently trucked into the mountain valley. The business operates as a low-profit LLC “with a nonprofit soul,” Yehia said. Importantly, Vertical Harvest employs special-needs residents, providing 160 hours of work and job training a week in fields ranging from cultivation to retail management. Glass walls expose the building’s industrial mechanics, including a series of constantly moving hydroponic growing trays. The building’s appearance changes throughout the day as light plays through and off its glass walls.
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Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at [email protected] or (307) 690-5586. Follow Angus on Twitter at @AngusThuermer