Urban Agriculture in Jackson and Banff

With a $1.5 million loan from the state of Wyoming, a $300,000 grant from the town of Jackson, and more from a successful Kickstarter Campaign, a company called Vertical Harvest will break ground this spring on a 13,500 square foot hydroponic greenhouse adjacent to a downtown parking garage. 95 percent of the year-round production is already contracted for delivery to local restaurants and consumers.

“The project combines the passions of project administrator Penny McBride: local sustainable agricultural, innovative buildings and then a social aspect: providing jobs for people with developmental disabilities, a segment of the community that struggles to find meaningful work.” (Mountain Town News, 1/16/14)

Meanwhile, farther north, the Banff Greenhouse Gardening Society is building community gardens on rooftops. Society members say one such greenhouse “further enhances the opportunities for growing organic local produce, strengthens interaction amongst community members, and increases knowledge around food security and gardening.”

The rooftop of a parking garage in downtown Banff is the site of a greenhouse erected last summer. Banff photos/Chad Townsend

The rooftop of a parking garage in downtown Banff is the site of a greenhouse erected last summer. Banff photos/Chad Townsend

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