BrightFarms, a New York-based start-up, announced plans to build a 160,000-square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, creating 30 permanent green collar jobs.
Slated for completion in late 2017, the BrightFarms Ohio Greenhouse is said to be the most sustainable source of local year-round salad greens, herbs and tomatoes in the Ohio market, providing 1 million pounds of product a year. In addition, 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, and so demand for local produce like ours continues to grow extremely quickly,” says Paul Lightfoot, chief executive officer.
The BrightFarms Ohio Greenhouse will use 80% less water, 90% less land and 95% less shipping fuel than traditional farming methods. All produce will be non-GMO and pesticide-free.