Town Council Supports VHJH

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JH News and Guide Support Us As We Head to the Business Council

 

 

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Town Council UNANIMOUSLY supports our proposal

On Monday February 4th, the town council of Jackson Hole convened to discuss the Vertical Harvest proposal. Our project needed support from the majority of the council members in order to move forward with an application to the Wyoming Business Council for the 1.5 million dollar grant that will complete our fundraising campaign.

Nona Yehia, of E/Ye Design, delivered a convincing fifteen minute presentation on the challenges that the project has overcome, in addition to the benefits it will provide the community. Her argument, as well as the fine-tuned Vertical Harvest business plan, received resounding  praise.

Wes Hamilton, head chef at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Couloir Restaurant, also briefly presented the challenges the food industry in Jackson faces. He cited high numbers of imports from Mexico, emphasizing his desire to not only keep money in the United States, but in Wyoming.

People poured into the town council chambers to show their support for the project, with upward of 20 people voicing their opinion at the podium. After over an hour of speeches and discussion among the council members, they unanimously voted to support the project, wishing us well in our future endeavors with the business council.

We could not have done this without our loyal supporters who have helped us along the way. Thank you to those that have aided us in our endeavors, and those who voiced their opinion both prior to and at the meeting. We are very grateful to the council members for rallying around us, and working with us to get to this point. So big thank you to everyone involved! We are incredibly excited for the opportunity to go before the Wyoming Business Council.

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Vertical Harvest is on Kickstarter!

Dear Vertical Harvest friends, for 3 years a group of dedicated people have poured our hearts and souls into this amazing project. We have done it because we see it providing a better future for all of us, but in particular because it will provide our friends and family members with developmental disabilities with a meaningful today. Our kickstarter project has launched, please TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW, help us get one step closer…

We are starting the countdown! 5 days until we need to reach out goal of $30,000 and we are SO close.

Please check it out here and share with all of your friends:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2056017617/vertical-harvest-of-jh-a-growing-system-for-change/

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Our Newest Rendering is Here!

Thanks to E/ye Design for their hard work! Please like us on Facebook

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Veggies for Bros! Read all about us!

Check out the latest coverage of our project from Mountain Magazine

http://www.mountainonline.com/mountain-magazine/item/681-veggies-for-bros

Here are a few other recent national recognitions of  our work too, if you missed them before

Discovery.com click here

Inhabitat.com click here

Yahoo.com click here

Center for A Better Life click here

 

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What has Vertical Harvest been up to??

You may be wondering, What has Vertical Harvest been up to?!?

Behind the Scenes:

We sat down with Arthur and Friends (http://www.arthurandfriends.org/) founder Wendie Blanchard this week. Wendie’s organization was an inspiration to us, and the wisdom she has accumulated over the years is immense. She offered us invaluable insight into our production process. With first hand knowledge of the growth patterns in a hydroponic greenhouse employed by people with disabilities, Wendie helped us to further refine our production numbers and the cost of growing.

We’ve been continually working with our greenhouse engineer Thomas Larssen (http://www.l-ge.com/) to develop a state of the art growing system that will maximize productivity, while cutting costs.  Larssen has extensive knowledge in the industry, always up to date on the latest innovations in greenhouse science. He has been a pleasure to work with, and an impressive index of knowledge. An avid supporter of our project, he is also a proponent of our business plan: “This project is unique as it addresses a need in a smaller community for very high quality local produce and creates new good jobs, all combined with using an almost impossible building lot up against a parking garage,” says Larssen. “ The most unique [aspect] of the project might be the fact that this vertical greenhouse will show a viable business case.

JenTen productions (http://www.jentenproductions.com/) has taken over the production of our KickStarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/) video! We will soon look to gain national support with our Kickstartr campaign, so stay tuned for more information – we’ll need your help to spread the word and the video!

Upcoming Events:

September 21st We’ve been working hard with Grand Teton Lodge Company to put on a golf tournament THIS FRIDAY. See the posts below for more information.

September 24th Harmonic Spa will also be hosting a Recovery Clinic with FREE SPA TREATMENTS Monday. You just have to donate a few bucks to Vertical Harvest. Sign up here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=5650

September 29th The 5th annual Harvest Festival http://www.jacksonwholegrocer.com/community.local-events.harvest-festival.php


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Golf Tournament Sign Up Sheet

Our Golf Tournament is coming up! To get your hands on a printable sign up sheet which you can drop off at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis please click on the link below.

Vertical Harvest Golf Sign Up Form (And then click on the attachment link)

Other ways to sign up? Call Donna at JHGT 307-733-3111 OR shoot us an email golf.vertical.harvest@gmail.com

See post below for more information!

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Go Fore Green Golf Tournament

Grand Teton Lodge Company will be hosting the first annual Go Fore Green Golf Tournament this fall, and have graciously made Vertical Harvest the benefactor!

Please join us at this great event! To sign up please email golf.vertical.harvest@gmail.com

When: September 21st

Time: Tournament Opens at 12:00pm

Shotgun 1:00pm (All players are distributed to different holes and begin play at the same time)

BBQ and Live Music 5:30 – 8:30

Prizes will be awarded after all players have finished their rounds

Silent Auction 12:00 pm – 6:30pm

Winners announced at 7pm

Format:  4 players per team. Scramble format.

Games: Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin. One of the par 3′s will feature a beat the pro competition. First, second, and third place prizes going to the teams with the lowest overall score.

Price: $150 for golf (dinner included)

$25 for BBQ and music

 

Please join us at this great event! To sign up please email golf.vertical.harvest@gmail.com

or call 307-733-3111

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What Vertical Harvest Means to the Youth

As a young person growing up in a remote mountain town, Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole presents a unique opportunity: a supply of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, produced with minimal environmental impact in a place of incredibly harsh winters and dry summers.

It is a vital step to making this valley’s food supply both more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Our beautiful home, while stunning, is an expensive place to live: Vertical Harvest will grow food from within the valley and greatly reduce the need to ship food into Jackson.

If that prospect is not exciting enough, consider the impact of vertical gardening on a broader level.

If vertical gardens can be integrated into urban areas, they can greatly influence urban living. The hard grayness of a city soften at the edges as people develop a closer relationship with their food. In a culture reliant on convenience, projects such as Vertical Harvest can make a difference.

For the youth living in a small town, what does this mean?

Considering most of us aren’t independent of our parents, it means raising awareness. The success of this project can touch an entire community the size of ours and has the potential to travel beyond our mountains and across the country, around the world.

I don’t expect anything to change in a heartbeat, but if you are trying to instill a “think globally, act locally” attitude into your life, projects like Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole are a great start.  Talk to your parents, your friends, or merely think about it for a few moments, the impact could be great.

How can you help? Become a member, buy the produce once available, or visit the greenhouse website to better understand the project and make it a reality.

 

Vertical Harvest presents many exciting opportunities:

 

      • Employs citizens with disabilities
      • Extends a four-month growing season to a 12- month growing season
      • Hydroponic growing systems use less water and energy than planting in soil
      • Provides learning opportunities to students, locals and visitors
      • Produce will be available at retail on site at at local grocery stores

Visit www.verticalharvest.org for more information.

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