U.S.: BrightFarms to build "most sustainable year-round farm in Ohio"

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U.S.: BrightFarms to build

U.S. company BrightFarms has announced plans to build a 160,000 square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, which it says will be "the most sustainable source of local year-round salad greens, herbs and tomatoes" in the state. 

The greenhouse is slated for completion in late 2017 and will provide one million pounds of produce per year for the surrounding region, along with 30 permanent jobs.

BrightFarms said the project would 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," CEO Paul Lightfoot said.

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.

“Wilmington is blessed to have cutting-edge agriculture locate here,” Mayor John Stanforth said.

“This is a great example of the farm-to-table supply chain, which ensures fresh foods.”

BrightFarms said its business model provided a steady supply and consistent pricing for local retailers. 

The company, along with local public officials, will be announcing plans for the facility in an event at Wilmington College on Wednesday March 22.



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