We asked our farmers what they are thankful for this year, here is what they had to say…
We asked our farmers what they are thankful for this year, here is what they had to say…
My name is Samara Flug. I am the Director of Business Operations at Vertical Harvest, in Jackson. This role is responsible for building cross-functional processes, strategy, and structure to help increase overall efficiency, support, and cohesiveness as we grow. I was attracted to working at VH because I am passionate about creating better products and making them accessible to more people. When I moved to Jackson, Vertical Harvests’ mission resonated with me by focusing on food access, sustainability, and building a more conscious, inclusive business. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing team doing important work with a lot of exciting goals on the horizon. My favorite product that we grow at the greenhouse is the Citrus Blend of microgreens! They go well with everything and I have been making arugula salads with the Citrus Blend, pistachios, and peaches every week this summer. I did, however, get to taste a borage flower on my greenhouse tour (thank you Charlotte and Johnny!) and I immediately fell in love with the flavor. In my spare time, I love cooking (especially making soups!), trail running, biking, skiing, and folk music.
Gary Endecott – Vertical Harvest headshot coming soon!!
My name is Gary Endecott/G$$. I am working in the Packaging Department. I came to work for Vertical Harvest because of Sean Stone and Caroline! I love to ski, mountain bike, go to the rodeo and work at the Moose hockey games. I am also a mountain host at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I also love spending time with my family and friends. I really enjoy picking on Sean Stone…we have been friends for 11 years! And I love being called by my nickname, G-Money$$!
As a company founded by three women, we have been breaking gender norms from the start. We engrain our culture with women empowerment, equal rights, and education around the history of gender-inequality in business.
We’re respectful of different opinions, we’re iterative and deliberative in our decision-making.
We include and amplify different voices that haven’t always been the loudest, or been given a platform, but deserve to be heard.
You can feel this in our values
We asked our team:
What is your favorite part about working for a women-run business?
Thibaud Sanchez, VH Associate
My favorite part about working for a woman run business is that we have wellness days for when we need them.
Mycah Miller, Retail market and artist residences
I love being women my favorite is running my own art business same working the retail market at VH cuz love the fashion and see people with the smiling faces also it’s online now. It’s important to eat healthy same with the greens too
Women-run businesses are great to work for because they understand that family is important to them and their women employees and are more likely to let them have time off to take care of their children or other family members who are important to them. They also are willing to help them out if they are in a bind and do whatever it takes to help them get out of that bind!
Equality, respect, opportunity, non discrimination. All of these things.
Charlotte Hadley, Farm Associate
My favorite part about working for a women-owned business is knowing that I’m supporting females across the world to lead in their professional fields. It’s supports the goals that I have for myself and all women to have equal pay and opportunity to men.
Nikki Thompson, Admin Assistant
The thing I love the most about working for a women run business is they strive to be the best company we can possibly be, by working extremely hard. I don’t know where we would be, without our leaders.
Hannah Bouline, Product Dev and Sustainability Manager
I feel that women-led businesses foster more diversity in perspective and leads to teams that are more collaborative, communicative, and open to learning. I believe that our company’s culture is a direct result of having female founders and leadership, and I feel that it also creates more opportunity for myself and other women in our company to succeed.
It’s the end of the year and we have so much to be grateful for at Vertical Harvest. It’s also a year where we grew as much as the plants in the greenhouse! Here are some of our greatest hits for 2021…
Fast Company “World Changing Ideas” x 3
Our business model is designed to be a systemic solution, not just a point solution, and operate at the intersection of climate resiliency, food accessibility and economic inclusivity. This is how we earned not one, not two, but three honorable mentions from Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas. Read more about us in their feature article.
Expansion Plan Announcement – 10 cities in the next 5 years, starting with Westbrook Maine.
One of the most exciting updates we shared this year was our announcement of our partnership with The Day Brothers and the City of Westbrook to develop the state’s first urban hydroponic farm, with over 200,000 sqft of growing area contributing 1.8 million pounds of produce to the local food economy. This farm is co-located with 60 residential housing units and other amenities. This partnership could not be possible without Harriman Architects, GYDE Architects, and Wright-Ryan Construction. We are making major headway and plan to break ground in Q1 of 2022. This initiative led to several of our most exciting announcements in 2021:
Partnership with Sodexo
In spring 2021 Sodexo announced a partnership with Vertical Harvest Maine to supply 80% of its greens across all fourteen of its partners, including collegiate campuses from Fort Kent to South Portland – and help deliver on Gov Janet Mills and MEDECD’s Maine 10 Year Economic Development Strategy
Partnership with Native Maine
“We are very excited about Vertical Harvest coming to Westbrook, and the model they represent. Maine will have a producer that can provide high-quality and nutritious greens year-round and Native Maine will be here to distribute it throughout the state and beyond,” said Native Maine President Vinnie Caliendo. And we’re excited too!
Partnership with Hannaford
Hannaford’s Produce Category Manager Mark Jewell said, “We are so encouraged by Vertical Harvest coming to Westbrook, and both the local food supply and inclusive community employment model they represent. A partnership with Vertical Harvest helps Hannaford Supermarkets further offer access to high-quality and nutritious greens year-round. With a first start in Maine, we look forward to the potential this has throughout our regions in five states.”
$1M “We Rise Together” Grant in Chicago
We received $1M grant to go towards developing our project in Pullman, Chicago as part of our initiative to co-locate with affordable housing. The ‘We Rise Together’ grant will enable us to develop our plans for this project to address not only how we approach the environmental benefits of Controlled Environmental Agriculture, but the impact on social justice and public health issues as well. This project is a direct result of the Fannie Mae Innovation contract that we were awarded with the National Affordable Housing Trust.
Expanded Executive Team & In-house Expertise
2021 brought us new and exciting team members that have exponentially grown our expertise and elevated our depth of experience. This year we were ecstatic to welcome…
Todd Hanna – our new Chief Operating Officer joined Vertical Harvest with extensive experience creating, leading, and improving operations in for-profit and non-profit companies, and is a decorated military veteran, having served two combat tours as an officer in the Marine Corps from 2002 – 2008. His experience across multiple industries, including real estate, nonprofit, financial services, construction, online publishing, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) will be vital for standing up our 10 new farms over the next five years.
Marv Tseu – our new Chief Strategy Officer comes with strong C-level experience in both public and private company environments. His strong emphasis on developing successful strategic direction and repeatable management processes for value creation is the fuel to Vertical Harvest’s growth engine. His insight and oversight of our expansion planning will be a true asset in building new partnerships with investor and municipal partners alike.
Ally Gilman – our new Chief Communications Officer joins the Vertical Harvest team after years on the agency side developing messaging for top Fortune 200 brands, supporting company culture development, and building communities and experiences across customer, partner and employee audiences. Her passion to support truly purposeful brands has crystalized our voice and will help us galvanize our community for even greater impact.
Nicole Bojic – our new Chief Marketing Officer comes to Vertical Harvest with a singular focus on our customers and communities and how we best serve them. Her work on sustainability initiatives in and around major brands like Siemens, will help us tell our story and amplify our voice as a grower of good food and good futures within the communities we serve. In addition, she is an advocate of the rigorous measurement of our true social impact and transparent reporting as core brand value.
A Major GROW WELL Milestone – Our New Microfarm
We’re always innovating and incorporating new technology and techniques. Sean Stone to help design and implement our new microfarm-within-the-farm. Our new rack system on the 3rd floor is optimizing our output per sqft and driving profitability. It’s also a major win for helping our neurodiverse employees realize their incredible potential and meet their career goals. Go Sean!
Getting the Word Out
We were honored to be featured on the Today Show this year! And Inc Magazine said we’re changing the face of the $5B CEA Industry and who gets to included in this tech-forward journey! Those stories helped us reach a new level of national audience, but we’re also appreciative of all the wonderful platforms willing to share our story like Yale’s Beyond Agriculture Exhibition developed in partnership with the UN Climate Week and COP26, as well as industry focused publications like Agritecture and AgFunderNews and the Forbes Innovating for Extremes Panel. We’re also making a concerted effort to articulate our vision and philosophy via Medium, with pieces published by both Nona and Caroline this year – and more to come!
– Nona Yehia
CEO & Co-Founder of Vertical Harvest Farms
The holidays can be the most wonderful (and wasteful) time of the year. Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week! (Stanford University)
At Vertical Harvest Farms we recognize that the holidays can be a time of spreading love and joy, and they can also result in overconsumption. This year, we asked our team to tell us their favorite ways to embrace sustainability during the holidays. Whether it was a local business they like to support, or a tradition of gathering with friends for a recycled yankee swap… we got a lot of good answers. Read our top 10 sustainable gifts & local brands in Jackson Hole we love.
Jackson Hole Brands We Love
Tips to enjoy a Sustainable Christmas!
While this list is just a starting point, there are so many incredible resources to make 2021 a year of giving back (socially aware gifts?) check out this Holiday Gift Guide from Anti Racism Daily
Summary / Intro
Vertical Harvest’s Nikki Thompson [Grow Well Associate] and Teton Adaptive Sports’ Joe Stone [Director of Mission] are advocates for disability rights in our community. But their cause extends beyond just Jackson Hole—to the broader issues of helping people recognize ableism in everyday life to ending stigmas and stereotypes around people with disabilities. Nikki and Joe spoke with us about National Disability Employment Month, how Teton Adaptive’s outdoor programming helps to address stigmas, and how we can all be better, more inclusive allies.
About Teton Adaptive Sports
Meet Nikki Thompson
“I’m Nikki Thompson, and I have been involved with Vertical Harvest since March of 2016, since we opened—so, almost five and a half years. I’ve been involved with Teton Adaptive Sports since it started as well. I love biking, skiing, and kayaking. Pretty much everything there is to do outdoors. Next on my list? Paragliding.”
Meet Joe Stone
“I’m Joe Stone. I’ve been with Teton Adaptive for a little over a year. As the Director of Mission, I work to create new partnerships for more inclusion in outdoor recreation. I also help lead TAS’s film, photography and social media. My girlfriend, Caitlin, started working as a physical therapist at TAS, which led me to actually looking at actually moving here. That opened up the door to really exploring the area and falling in love with it. No looking back now! It was a super fun journey getting here and I also love living here. Wow!”
How can companies tell disability stories without them being framed as “tragic” or even “inspirational,” which has a negative context for some? Do you have any guidance for ways to more authentically tell stories about folks with disabilities?
This is a super interesting topic, and a very complex conversation. I work in outdoor recreation and I’m an athlete myself. I have a lot of friends who are able-bodied, incredible athletes who are very inspiring human beings because they’re doing something that’s outside of the norm for most people, physically.
From my perspective, I don’t see a problem with a person with a disability being inspiring, too, if they’re doing something that is actually inspiring, right? I think there is a misconception about what people with disabilities are able to do. They have families. They go to the grocery store. They live on their own. All of this is totally normal for some differently-abled people, and it’s not necessarily “inspiring,” it’s just their everyday lives.
That’s where the stigma arises, in my opinion. This type of thought process—while it might be well-intentioned—reduces them to their abilities and perpetuates stereotypes that every single part of a disabled person’s life is challenging. We need to move away from that narrative.
When we shine a light on the truth, we see that differently-abled people are also artists, musicians, athletes, business owners—the list goes on. They are doing truly inspiring things in these different areas of their lives because they are pushing themselves to work harder, be better and hone their skills in a certain area. That’s why they’re inspiring. Not because they’re just existing, but because they are doing truly incredible things with their lives that we should be paying more attention to. I’ve seen firsthand in my work at Teton Adaptive, where I have the pleasure of telling some of these stories. For example, I filmed a project about so-and-so.
I fully agree. I have a friend that just had a baby with spina bifida. Her baby is actually five and a half months old now and doing great. People kept telling my friend, “Oh, I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this.” But she’s like, We’re not a tragedy. It’s not anything to be sorry about.
I’m very proud to have a disability. I’m very proud to be living with a disability and be a part of the disability rights movement, and all of that there’s a lot of amazing humans within it.
I don’t look at my disability as anything negative, and I don’t think really anybody else should either. I think that’s a stigma in society. But also within our own community of people with disabilities, I would like to see that energy grow more where more people are actually proud to have their disability be a part of this community and not wish they were “fixed.”
You know, and I wish society would stop thinking that they need to fix us. But also, there’s an element that I don’t necessarily think that everybody looks at people with disabilities as people that add value. So, for some people, it’s shocking to see us at work. Because, you know, what can we possibly add? In my opinion, I think we have a lot of value to add. I know we have a lot of value to add, and it should be normal for people with disabilities to work. That shouldn’t be an uncommon sight to see.
Question 2: A big topic we’re talking about this month is ableism. Recently, we walked around the greenhouse and asked our employees their thoughts on it, and if they had ever experienced ableism themselves. Something interesting we found was a lot of our own employees didn’t really understand what ableism was, or they thought it was a positive thing. They were like, “Oh, it’s support for, you know, people with disabilities.” So, we then created a whole education system around understanding ableism and microaggressions.
So, I think this is a big question, but how have you experienced ableism or become aware of a situation involving ableism? What kind of tips or tricks do you have to educate people?
Yeah, totally. I experience it pretty often. And sometimes I look past it and just keep moving forward. Because if I were to stop and address it every single time that I experienced it, it would be a pretty exhausting process.
Ableism comes in so many different forms. For example, I see ableism a lot in the outdoor industry. Sometimes, people with disabilities are left out altogether. Other times, people with disabilities aren’t even included in the conversations about how to support people with disabilities. So, it’s people without disabilities thinking that they know exactly how to support disabled people, without any actual input from them..
I see that happening quite a bit in that trail building, where if you would have just included people with disabilities, the trail could be built in a way that works for everyone. But instead, people assume they can figure it out without including people with disabilities. So that’s one area where I see it, where I don’t see people with disabilities at the table enough and having these conversations and helping out with planning. And that extends to so many different industries.
Even in organizations that are there to support people with disabilities, I see a lot of outdoor recreation nonprofits that are run and organized by people without disabilities. We have so many companies out there doing work to support people with disabilities. However, people with disabilities are not really even involved, and if they are it’s a very small percentage.
On the slightly lighter side of things when it comes to ableism, for example, I could be going to the grocery store, loading my wheelchair up into my van, and a person without a disability comes up and says, “Hey, can I help you get that up there?” And I’m like, “Oh, no, I’m not good. I do this every day.” But they keep insisting that they need to help me. I’m thinking to myself, first, you don’t even know where the chair goes, how the brakes work, et cetera. You don’t know how to stop and break all that down. It would take more time out of my day to even teach you that. Secondly, you’re not even listening to me. So, that’s just a frustrating aspect in itself. Third, you’re assuming that you’re more capable than I am. Just because you don’t have a disability, or at least a visible disability. Those are the moments that are an everyday occurrence, where I just have people who automatically assume they’re going to be able to help me more than what I can do for myself.
But the biggest example of ableism I see in terms of like a big issue is just the lack of inclusion for people with disabilities within these conversations. If you’re building a new business or whatever, you should have somebody with a disability involved in that planning. That trickles down to every industry. There are plenty of us who are able to help.
Yeah. Exactly. I just got back from a month-long trip to Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. We spent a month on the road, and we went to hotel after hotel after hotel. I think I found that maybe two out of all those, like, 15 hotels we stayed in actually worked for me to independently do a shower. They always have the bench on one end and then five, six feet away, the hose is at the other end. So once I get on the bench, how am I supposed to even turn on the water?
Yeah, a good friend of mine once said that, in talking about the Americans with Disabilities Act, “Compliance isn’t inclusion.” Just because you’ve met the compliance side of things doesn’t mean that you built something in a way that’s truly inclusive. So one it might be built in a way where Nikki, someone like you or I, can’t even really use it independently even though that was the original intent. I bet if you’d had some people, some experienced people with a disability in that field, you would have probably been able to do that better.
Another example is at restaurants. You go up to the front door and there’s a couple steps to get in, but no ramp. They’re like, “Oh, the ADA entrances are through the back.” So, your whole family or group of friends goes in the front door, but you have to go back past the dumpsters, through the kitchen and then to your table. It’s like, well, that wasn’t an inclusive experience.
Question 3: How can individuals be advocates for the disability community?
I think we’re doing it right now. Just being out in the community and showing, telling our stories and showing people how we work. Just like people think that we can’t work but then they see us do it. So, I think it’s about showing them what we can do. And for us, it’s about advocating sports-wise, too. I went skiing, there were tons of people around and they would cheer me on. So, then they can see, “Oh, people can ski even in a chair.” It’s just different equipment that helps us get there. So, yeah, just basically getting out in the community, I would say. Actions can speak louder than words sometimes.
Yeah, I totally agree with that. To add to it, I think one of the best ways people without disabilities can help advocate is to be an ally. Being an ally doesn’t mean you’re the voice, you’re the one at the front of the line, you’re the one out there in front of the media. Being an ally is simply being somebody that’s there to support—the people who are advocating for Disability Rights, better work environments, whatever that whatever the situation might be.
I’m a member of ADAPT, the driving force behind getting the ADA passed back in 1990. I’ve learned a lot about what being an ally really is, both for me being an ally to other people, and for other people being an ally for the disabled community. If you’ve got 200 people marching somewhere to protest and the media comes up, they often will go to the most able bodied person looking in the crowd, and say, “Hey, what’s going on here?” And instead of that person saying, “let me tell you all about this,” they’re like, “let me take you to a person who can really speak to the issue.” And often, they’ll take them to the person who deals with the most struggles within the issue of what we’re talking about.
I think a lot of times, people get being an advocate and an ally blended together too closely. No matter what marginalized group or minority we’re talking about, like for me, I can’t speak towards women’s rights, right? But I could be an ally and be there for support. But I’m not going to be the one standing up on stage speaking about women’s rights. And I think the same thing is to be said for people with disabilities. We should be the ones speaking. The more that happens, the bigger that movement grows.
We at Vertical Harvest recognize and honor the original Indigenous Peoples of the land that we are now living and working on. The land on which this building stands is part of the ancient homeland and traditional hunting, gathering and ceremonial territory of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow, Shoshone and Ute peoples. Other Native American tribes that passed through and honored these Wyoming lands were the Bannock, Lakota, Comanche, Dakota, Kiowa and Pawnee. We recognize, honor and respect all these nations as the traditional stewards of the land, and today, the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes continue to live here and strive for respect and sovereignty. We will endeavor to be aware of the contemporary issues that they face and advocate for those traditional people of this land. We are grateful for the opportunity to be here and to continue the traditions of stewardship on this land, as we nurture and honor the food and people that we grow here.
Greenie of the Month is a tradition we hold at Vertical Harvest in our Jackson Hole greenhouse. Each month our entire team votes on a person that exemplifies the VH pillars. The person that is chosen is celebrated and given a hand-made card signed by the entire team. This tradition helps us uphold our values and recognize the outstanding actions of our coworkers. Whether it is showing up for someone as a friend, bringing positive energy into the farm, or taking on a challenge to support the mission.. our greenies are recognizable for so many reasons!
JOJO DENMARK | Packaging & Fulfillment Manager
Jojo not only works hard, she cares deeply about all of the people she manages. She listens, even when the day is busy and stressful, and responds thoughtfully. Even though she sometimes throws tomatoes (ouch!), she livens up any room she’s in with her humor and kindness. We are so grateful to have her here and I’m excited to see how she continues to shape our culture in amazing ways.
Jojo is a Vibe. Her exuberance fills a room because she will not let you out of her sight until she has either lovingly harassed you, asked you about your day or has struck you with her magical blue eyes and smile. She exercises patience, acceptance, bravery and strong-will. She does not stray away from a challenge but rather she invites others in to feel a part of the team she has created to succeed.
JoJo leads by caring for those around her with her natural management skills. She has been a fierce advocate for making the packaging room a more welcoming, efficient department. She is such a warm, often goofy, resilient presence in the greenhouse that improves everyone’s day. I am so excited to see what JoJo will accomplish in the new year – congrats JoJo!
JoJo is one of the sweetest people I know, both in the greenhouse and in life, in general. I haven’t worked one on one with her very much, but she’s always willing to bend over backwards to accommodate my needs. Thanks for being you, JoJo, and congrats on this amazing achievement!
JoJo is a natural leader. Her energy is infectious and working hard for her is easy. With JoJo, I know that I am always thought after, and she is unquestioning in her service to her people the Greenhouse. I am blessed to have such a witty, caring, patient, and intelligent manager.
KEVIN CROW | Packaging Associate
DESTINY KENNINGTON | Packaging Lead
NOAH RIAL | Fulfillment Lead
CINDY HANNON | Grow Well Director
GARY ENDECOTT | Farm Associate
It is hard to believe that Gary is a recent addition to the VH team because of how well he has slipped into the crazy days here at the greenhouse! Gary seems to be in a perpetually great mood, and it is hard not to have his smile infect the room (even through a mask!!) We are glad to have Gary and his positive mindset as a highly valued member of the team. Way to go Gary!!
Gary’s uplifting attitude and willingness to learn new things has had such a positive impact on the packaging team. He’s really fun to be around and is our newest multiplication wizard! We’re so happy to have him as part of our team!
MONIQUE CARDILLO | Local Sales Manager
Monique is committed to problem solving and communicates with everyone in the greenhouse clearly and effectively. She is an outstanding, bright personality to have in the greenhouse and we are so excited to have her on our team!
Monique works so hard to support all of our customers across Jackson, selling our products alongside providing wonderful customer service. She has also been an amazing partner for everyone at the greenhouse as a supportive team player, making sure we’re working together to bring Vertical Harvest to our community!
“Thibaud shows up to the greenhouse with energy and warmth. He consistently has a great attitude when performing tasks and while working with a team. We are so happy to have him back on our team, keep shining bright Thibaud!”
“We are very lucky to have Thibaud in the greenhouse! His capability to understand how others are feeling, and the way he holds himself and others accountable, make him a great member of any team effort. And between the classic tunes and thought provoking conversations, it is always a lively work shift when Thibaud is around! He is an extremely genuine guy, very friendly to all both inside and out of work (as long as they are responsible dog owners)!”
“Thibaud is always ready to work with such a positive attitude! He also has such great observations about the world around us…I always love to hear his thoughts.”
Congratulations Connor! The VH Team has chosen you as June Greenie of the Month! We are all appreciative of your positive attitude and hard work and love having you on our team!
“Connor is a very hard worker and has made a huge impact on the team since day one. His positive attitude and willingness to learn has been felt throughout the greenhouse. Thank you for everything you have done and keep up the good work!”
“Johnny is an absolute powerhouse in the racks department. Not just a superhero of seeding and a king of covering, he is also always thinking of ways to improve the world, or bringing smiles to the faces of his coworkers and friends with quotes and jokes from just about every piece of media you can imagine. Always keeping an eye out for those less fortunate, he is a friend you always appreciate having by your side. Way to go Johnny!”
“Johnny is a hard worker and a fantastic artist! I love how passionate he is about so many things!”
“From his work in both the packaging and fulfillment departments Crocker’s attention to detail and consistency helps the team reach our department goals on time and with efficiency. Thank you for your hard work Crocker- keep it up!”
“Crocker always has great recommendations for movies, shows and books!”
The Vertical Harvest Team has chosen both Tim and Charlotte to be January Greenies of the Month! Thank you for your positive energy, constant hard work, and keeping us all dancing!!
TIM MCLAURIN | Farm Associate
CHARLOTTE HADLEY | Farm Associate
ROBIN VANHOUTEN | Farm Manager
“Robin is the foundation of the greenhouse. He brings bright energy into the farm every day and is THE best listener. Robin is a great friend, coworker, adventure partner, doggie play dater, and I am so thankful to have him on our team! He is one of a kind!”
“There are so many impressive things about Robin, but what stands out to me is his deep compassion for everyone around him. He treats everyone with respect, kindness and patience. And he loves to laugh and have fun and dance. I am grateful for the way he tackles every obstacle with so much optimism and open-mindedness. We are so lucky to have him as a leader of our greenhouse!”
“Robin’s positive attitude, determined, work, ethic, and compassion of all his co-workers defines VH leadership”
“Robin is so kind and always makes me smile!”
TAYLOR ECKERSON | Chief of Staff
Taylor, The Vertical Harvest Team recognizes you for your amazing dedication, positive attitude, and get-‘er-done capabilities! Thanks for all that you do for Vertical Harvest, we are so lucky to have you on our team!
“Taylor is the glue that keeps us all together. Not only are her organizational skills INCREDIBLE she also has the grace and the grit that keeps the team empowered and moving in a forward direction. Taylor’s kindness, compassion and leadership are all attributes that make her a wonderful team member and that embody the heart of Vertical Harvest! “
“Taylor is a hard worker. She is always positive. When you see Taylor she always has the biggest smile”
“Taylor is Vertical Harvest’s omniscient beacon of light. She’s the ultimate team member, a pillar of positivity, and an overall BADA$$. She helps guide all aspects of our team with grace and poise, while lifting us all up along the way. She keeps our tribe charging forward in the right direction and brings more to the table than she will ever give herself credit for. She is a warrior in our pursuit of Vertical Harvest making our mark on the world and we are lucky to have her on this journey!”
CHRIS ECKERSON | Facilities Manager
“Chris already fits seamlessly into our team and has brought so much determination to improve our systems.”
“Chris’s hard work and willingness to take on new tasks makes him a rockstar in the greenhouse. His calm presence and can-do attitude is a great asset for the team!”
“He takes on any challenge with a smile and determination to figure it out.”
EMILY PETERSON | Sales Director
“Emily is respectful, open-minded, extremely dedicated, and fun to work with.”
“She has very effective communication and problem-solving skills. She is always a very calming presence to be around.“
“Emily’s passion about what we do and grow is evident in all of her aspects of work!”
TY WARNER | Farm Associate
“His laugh and smile can easily light up a room.”
“Ty has one of the best work ethics that I’ve ever seen.”
“He is a hard worker who has an energetic high for life.”
SEAN STONE | Senior Facilities Associate
“It is the thoughtfulness he puts into everything he does that makes him an amazing co-worker. “
“Always willing to take on new challenges and responsibilities, Sean consistently represents the ‘professional growth’ pillar of the Grow Well model. “
Eat Local This Thanksgiving
Farmers across Wyoming and Idaho partner up to bring fresh farm food to your Thanksgiving table.
In Jackson Hole, Wyoming we endure long, hard winters, and while there are a lot of things we love about our small ski town, buying local food is not always an option during the coldest of months. As farmers, we all work towards the same goal: supplying our towns with local and sustainable food for as much of the year as possible. At Vertical Harvest, we’re able to grow 365 days a year thanks to our controlled environmental agriculture system (or CEA).
This year, in partnership with Morning Dew Mushrooms and Canewater Farm, we’re bringing Jackson a farm-to-table Thanksgiving! We want to show our community how easy it can be to eat local (and delicious) farm fresh food. We’re also partnering with Avant Delivery to make this holiday as sustainable as possible, using their 100% reusable packaging. The best part about it… Avant will deliver right to your doorstep, saving you from the Turkey Day shopping hassle.
Quantities Limited…So, Order now! They will sell out fast. Last day to order (while supplies last), is Wednesday, November 17th.
Delivery & Pick Up Day: Wednesday, November 24th
Pick up at Vertical Harvest Farms 155 W Simpson Ave Jackson, WY
Let us share the ultimate local, sustainable, delicious, holiday box with your family this Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving, grace your table with:
Lip-smacking, Local, Sustainable, Thanksgiving Box!
Avant Reusable Packaging
Delivery to your home on 11/24
Delivery to: Teton Village, Wilson, Jackson, Kelly, Victor, Driggs
Lip-smacking, Local, (slightly-less-sustainable), Thanksgiving Box
Pick up from our greenhouse on 11/24
Vertical Harvest is Celebrating Thanksgiving in Partnership with Some of Our Best Local Farms
About Morning Dew Mushrooms
Morning Dew Mushrooms is a gourmet mushroom farm located in Teton Valley, Idaho. As Idaho’s largest mushroom grower, Morning Dew Mushrooms focuses on growing a variety of mushrooms using the best proven indoor cultivation equipment and techniques. The growers constantly adjust and improve their equipment due to the dry and chilly Idaho climate.
About Canewater Farm
Canewater Farm is a Certified Organic family farm located in Teton Valley, Idaho. We are nestled in the foothills of the Snake River Range between Pole Canyon and Smith Canyon. This is our second growing season in the Rocky Mountain West. We returned to the Tetons after farming for six years on the coast of Georgia. We have a deep love for our ecosystem, community and farming. We fell lucky to call this valley home.In these unprecedented times, we feel stronger than ever about building soil and growing good food. We believe farming is a form of activism. We are taking small steps towards positive change. Wendell Berry sums up why we farm, stating, ” …the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
About Avant Delivery
Take advantage of Avant’s network of restaurants, cafes, and shops around Jackson, Wyoming that have Avant containers on hand for you to use. No more single use coffee cups, utensils, to-go boxes, and shopping bags! When you order from a participating business simply mention that you are an Avant member when you place an order or check the Avant option online and your meals and goods will come in Avant containers. We are small and trust our community so we believe in an honor system. Everything from Avant’s online marketplace will come in reusable containers.
Avant provides a compost bin and an Avant Bin that stays at your home like a recycling bin. All Avant packaging is placed into the Avant Bin rather than the trash or recycling. Avant picks up the Avant Bin from your home at each grocery delivery or weekly, whichever comes sooner.
The pandemic brought an unimaginable amount of emotions and uncertainty into our homes. Across all industries employees reported feeling burned out from the stress of their jobs and bored by the monotonous structure. “Many of us have also struggled with feeling inauthentic at times throughout these months as we’ve needed to show up like we’re okay even when we’re not. That’s especially true for leaders, who have bucked themselves up knowing that their people depend on them. A sustained disconnect between our inner self and the behaviors we exhibit to others can diminish our psychological well-being.”
At Vertical Harvest we’re here to build people up, not wear them down. We built The Grow Well Model around ways that work can enhance people’s lives both financially and personally. We asked our Vertical Harvest family what brings them joy in and out of the workplace, and the answers were extraordinary. Crystal said that she finds joy at work when she is surrounded by her friends. Kyra voiced that her joy at Vertical Harvest comes from promoting a product she believes in wholeheartedly. Todd shared that he finds joy in supporting people and being supported by them.
Joyfulness: experiencing, causing, or showing joy. A state of being extremely happy.Blissful. Satisfied. Thankful. Exuberance.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh
What brings you joy? How do you show up with joyfulness?
– Caroline Croft Estay (Co-Founder & Director of Human Potential)