Urban greenhouses to provide fresh produce in low- income communities
Many affordable housing developments exist in ‘food deserts’ -- areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Urban agriculture has the potential to reconnect communities through nutritious food, meaningful jobs, and economic development.
Vertical Harvest will provide employment for underserved populations by growing food at a commercial scale via vertical greenhouses in Chicago. This project will explore and evaluate the integration of vertical farming within affordable housing to help build a scalable model for future housing developments, while also improving food security and nutrition, and promoting holistic community wellness. It will also promote economic development and empowerment through innovative job creation by responding to the ever-increasing demand for local produce.
Nona Yehia.Nona Yehia is a practicing architect, and the co-founder and CEO of Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She conceived of a three-story hydroponic greenhouse that employs people with developmental disabilities while producing local food for the community. This flagship project embodies her efforts to pursue projects that can have a profound impact on communities based on architectural, economic, and social innovation. Her expertise in both the design and implementation of innovative systems and programs has positioned Vertical Harvest to be a scalable model for communities around the globe.
Vertical Harvest provides consistent, meaningful employment for people with intellectual and physical disabilities by cultivating nutritious food for the community, and partnering with private investment, public resources, and philanthropy to create positive economic and social impact for communities.
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