A town that's covered in snow for months of the year is looking to a greenhouse to solve its farming problems. For years, Jackson, Wyoming has had to import all of its produce because the weather is too harsh for traditional farming methods. Now, the town is looking to Vertical Harvest to place a vertical greenhouse on a plot of unused land. Utilizing efficient design and hydroponic techniques, the greenhouse hopes to produce up to 100,000 pounds of produce a year.
The 150-foot-long greenhouse facade of the building optimizes the potential for natural light, which both improves photosynthesis and cuts down on energy costs for the facility. There will be times when artificial light is required—for instance, it is impossible to grow tomatoes during a frozen winter on natural light alone—and so grow lights will be installed in order to ensure that the farm meets production goals.
Although the grow lights will require a certain amount of energy, Vertical Harvest founders Nona Yehia and Penny McBride have stated that it still constitutes net energy savings over imported produce, and while HPS (High Pressure Sodium) bulbs will be used for the tomatoes, LEDs will be utilized for the “lettuce varietals, microgreen and propagation areas.”
Check out renderings of the futuristic greenhouse over on Inhabitat.