The Vertical Harvest Greenhouse in Jackson glows on a recent evening as operators prepare the innovative year-round garden for opening. The greenhouse will employ adults with developmental disabilities and 95 percent of its crops are already spoken for by local restaurants and institutions. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Grow lights in the Vertical Harvest Greenhouse in Jackson glow through spaces between curtains on a recent evening. Set to open soon, the three-story 1,300 square-foot hydroponic garden will grow produce year-round and provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities. Operators of the public-private partnership are seeking to stop the light leakage, so future evening views will likely be less dazzling.

Built on 1/10th of an acre adjacent to the town parking garage, the greenhouse will yield the equivalent of a five-acre plot. Glass walls will take advantage of sunshine and lights will ensure year-round produce. High-pressure sodium light bulbs grow tomatoes while LEDs will shine on lettuce and other crops — accounting for the different colors.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at angus@wyofile.com or (307)...

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