Grants Available for “Vertical Farms”
Written by wendycorr on April 9, 2019
The Wyoming Business Council is offering grants to communities to start a different kind of farm.
Vertical farms are an innovative new method of growing plants on the walls of existing buildings. The low-maintenance, hydroponic systems grow produce in otherwise unused space, turning blank walls into gardens that provide fresh, local produce.
In 2017, the Laramie Main Street Alliance installed several vertical farm systems downtown. The project was the first of its kind in the country.
The manager of the restaurant Altitude says their staff has been extremely happy with the system. In addition to the freshness and flavor the produce adds to their menu, they advertise the fact that they grow their own produce, and that brings customers in. He adds that the vertical garden is relatively easy to maintain.
Communities can apply to receive as much as $1,450 to purchase a ZipGrow system or build their own system, providing a 25 percent cash match. They also must have participated in placemaking training before they can apply for the grants.