It’s hard to grow vegetables in this mountain town. Then this farmer had an idea


In July, Nona Yehia, CEO and co-founder of Vertical Harvest, announced a second vertical farm in Westbrook, Maine. The second Vertical Harvest will be five times larger than the original Wyoming farm and will open in 2022.
In the spring of 2016, Vertical Harvest began growing its first lettuce, microgreens, and tomato plants. The farm’s current staff of 40 now grows year-round, and cultivates the amount of produce equivalent to ten acres of traditional outdoor farming.
Yehia says all of the produce grown is distributed to 40 local restaurants and four grocery stores.
“Nona has approached it as bringing something unique to chefs that they then can use and feature all year round,” said Ben Westenburg, the executive chef and partner of Persephone West Bank in nearby Wilson, Wyoming. “It’s just so easy to call up Vertical Harvest and be like, ‘I need some salad greens and tomatoes and some really beautiful micro greens.’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, we’ll be there tomorrow.'”