Bright Farms negotiates Indy partnership - The Packer

Bright Farms negotiates Indy partnership

08/02/2013 11:12:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

Bright Farms greenhouse near PhiladelphiaCourtesy Bright FarmsLettuce is in production a Bright Farms greenhouse near Philadelphia. Indianapolis is in line to get a Bright Farms greenhouse production facility thanks to an agreement the New York-based company has made with Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets.New York-based Bright Farms entered a partnership with Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets, in which 97 stores in Indiana and Ohio will be retail partners in a greenhouse Bright Farms plans to build  in Indianapolis.

The company’s first commercial-scale greenhouse is now up and running outside Philadelphia, according to Kate Siskel, marketing and media relations manager.

“We completed the farm in January and had our first harvest in March,” Siskel said.

A greenhouse in St. Louis is set to be completed at the end of the year, with a location in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area scheduled to open in September.

Another operation in Oklahoma City is set to open this year as well.

Bright Farms is also in development stages for greenhouses in Kansas City, Mo., and Washington D.C., Siskel said.

In addition, Graham Tucker was hired as director of agriculture in June.

Tucker, former head grower of Green City Growers, will train and oversee Bright Farms’ developing network of growers for future greenhouses, according to a news release.

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James Bryant    
San Francisco CA  |  September, 26, 2013 at 05:45 AM

I am a advisor for a small non-profit in San Francisco. We are looking to partner up with a company like Bright Farms to help develop a training program for community residence, including seniors and Veterans. There is a opportunity to provide jobs and develop micro businesses, with an existing facility along providing a nutritional supply of fresh products.

Carolyn Phinney    
Orinda, CA  |  April, 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

James, please contact me for an opportunity in Contra Costa County.

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