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BrightFarms breaks ground on Ohio greenhouse



Dayton Business Journal

Construction begins on large Dayton-area greenhouse

A new farm expected to be the most sustainable in Ohio that includes a huge greenhouse is getting underway.

BrightFarms Inc. is breaking ground in Wilmington this week on its first greenhouse farm in Ohio. The 120,000 square-foot farm will provide locally grown salad greens and herbs to supermarkets in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus metro areas. With greenhouse farms outside of Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, the Wilmington farm will be the fourth greenhouse for the company.

The facility — near 1850 David’s Drive — is expected to provide 1 million pounds of fresh salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year.

The farm will create 30 permanent jobs, reduce the amount of miles food has to travel to consumers and improve the environmental impact of the food supply chain.

“We have seen demand for our salad greens climb sharply as the market for local has grown,” said Paul Lightfoot, BrightFarms CEO in a release. “The salad greens on shelf in supermarkets are grown on the West Coast and typically spend up to a week in transit to the Midwest. Growing inside of a greenhouse allows us to supply Ohio supermarkets with local produce on a year-round basis.”

 

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