US (VA): $17 million hydroponic greenhouse operation being planned

A hydroponic farming operation is being planned for the West Creek business park in Goochland County. Greenswell Growers Inc. is planning to invest more than $17 million to open a new, commercial hydroponic greenhouse in the park, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced Tuesday.

Greenswell Growers was founded by Chuck Metzgar, a former managing director for the human resources consulting firm Mercer;  Doug Pick, the president and chief executive officer of Feed More, the hunger relief agency that operates Virginia’s largest food bank; and John May, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Innovation and Development in Kilmarnock.

The hydroponic greenhouse is expected to be able to produce 28 times more product per acre than a traditional growing operation and will be the fifth of its kind in the United States, according to the governor’s release.

It is expected to produce nearly 3.7 million pounds of leafy greens for distribution in the mid-Atlantic region during its first three years of full production, the release said. The company also plans to donate 5% of its production to area food banks, including Goochland Cares and Feed More.

Read more at Richmond Times Dispatch.

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