Gotham Greens, Brooklyn, N.Y., opened the doors to its newest greenhouse in Providence, R.I. Gotham Greens converted the site of a former General Electric lighting factory into a 100,000-square-foot, high-tech greenhouse, enabling the ability to deliver a year-round supply of fresh, local produce to retail, restaurant and foodservice customers across the region.
The greenhouse will produce more than 6 million heads of lettuce annually.
"We're on a mission to transform how and where fresh produce is grown," says Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO. "Since announcing our expansion into New England, we continue to feel inspired by the city, state and region's legacy of manufacturing and local food culture. We have received tremendous support from elected officials, retailers, restaurants and our community, who love that we can provide a reliable, year-round supply of fresh and safe produce."
Gotham Greens will create approximately 60 full-time green jobs in Providence and 300 nationwide. The greenhouse will also serve as a resource to educate local residents and visitors on the benefits of sustainable, indoor farming by hosting free guided tours, as well as field trips for schools, universities and other local community organizations.