More greens, tomatoes, jobs from BrightFarms in Elkwood

ELKWOOD, Va. — WDC Greenhouse, doing business as BrightFarms, will invest $7.35 million to construct and operate two new greenhouses in Culpeper County, creating 24 new jobs. The Elkwood greenhouses are expected to use 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 95 percent less shipping fuel than conventional produce companies.

The project will grow baby greens, basil and tomatoes exclusively for Ahold, one of the largest food retailers in the eastern U.S. BrightFarms will produce 750,000 cases of green-leaf produce and 30,000 cases of tomatoes during the next three years.

When completed in December, the greenhouses will provide produce in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware for Ahold’s Giant Food and Martin’s supermarkets. BrightFarms will also supply Peapod, an online grocery service.

The commonwealth is partnering with Culpeper County on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $75,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist with the project and Culpeper County is matching with $75,000 in local grant funds.

Source: Virginia Business

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Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...