Grant recipient Slow Food in the Tetons plans to build a 3 story vertical greenhouse in downtown Jackson staffed primarily by people with disabilities providing local food and jobs. In the 2010 grant cycle 1% for the Tetons funded the research and development of the energy systems needed for the greenhouse to create its own energy using renewable sources. I sat down recently with co-founder Penny McBride who reiterated what I’ve heard in various forms from other grant recipients, that in addition to the funds that 1% gave, “the 1% grant gave Vertical Harvest credibility in the community.” From that initial credibility, the Vertical Harvest has done a terrific job raising money and their profile, and are well on the way to making their dream of farm fresh veggies during the Winter months in Jackson a reality.
According to their website, they’ve secured a location and raised approximately $100,000 through grants, private donations and fundraisers. From that, they’re looking to raise an additional $214,000 so that they can secure a Wyoming Business Council for a Business Ready Grant for construction funding. In addition to other fund raising efforts, they’re asking for pledges on their website: http://verticalharvest.org/.
If you’re interested in their grant application for 1% for the Tetons you can find theirs and others at onepercentforthetetons.org.