Sunset is a 4th generation family owned greenhouse company. After four generations, the Mastronardi family still owns and manages what is now the leading greenhouse vegetable company in North America, growing and selling world-class tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, baby eggplants and berries. The company continues to pioneer new greenhouse technology, sustainable growing practices, and the protection of heritage, old-world produce varieties.
The Netherlands is the world leader in high-tech Ag. Dalsem is a 3rd-generation family firm with over 85 years of experience: professional, reliable and financially robust. Dalsem is providing AppHarvest with a turnkey installation solution. Dalsem develops high-tech greenhouse projects that yield the highest quality and quantity produce in the shortest time. They have completed 1,458 projects in 52 countries.
The University of Pikeville is working alongside AppHarvest in its goal of making Eastern Kentucky the high-tech greenhouse capital in the U.S. AppHarvest is currently operating from an office located in UPIKE’s new Health Professions Education Building. The university is actively exploring the idea of developing curriculum that aligns with the high-tech Ag industry and specifically provides valuable skills desired by AppHarvest’s large-scale greenhouse operation. UPIKE President Dr. Burton J. Webb and Provost Dr. Lori Werth are working with Wageningen University & Research and HAS University of Applied Sciences. Both institutions are located in the Netherlands, which has earned a reputation for being the high-tech Ag capital of the world. UPIKE President Dr. Burton J. Webb said, “Businesses like AppHarvest are looking to Appalachia because of our beautiful surroundings, willing workforce and open arms. We are pleased that AppHarvest and Rise of The Rest have partnered to invest in the lives of Appalachians as we work together to build a new, more diverse economy.” The two Webbs, who are of no familial relation, quickly formed a collaborative relationship.
"The network of high-tech greenhouses by AppHarvest will not only serve as a catalyst to provide high-quality, affordable produce to the United States, but it will serve as a model for rural economic development built on the ideas that true transformation occurs when you empower those vested in the region to dream, to explore, and to achieve." –Jared Arnett, Executive Director, SOAR
"We are planting seeds of innovation and hope in Eastern Kentucky with home-grown engineers, like AppHarvest, leading the way as we strive to bring Silicon Valley to Silicon Holler,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “We are developing a high-tech workforce for high-tech enterprise in the Appalachian region to elevate our competitive edge for jobs and economic development. The resiliency and sheer talent of our people are the very reasons why we are able to diversify our economy and advance incredible ideas, like these high-tech greenhouses, in one of the most rural parts of the country." –Congressman Rogers
“AppHarvest is a perfect fit for our diversifying economy in Eastern Kentucky. We’re thrilled to be working with Johnathan Webb to bring this new industry into our community. We believe this is a win-win situation for Pikeville, AppHarvest, and Eastern Kentucky.” –Mayor Jimmy Carter
Revolution's Rise of The Rest® seed fund (ROTR) is managed by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case, and NYT best-selling author J.D. Vance, and is backed by over 30 iconic business leaders including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, fashion designer Tory Burch and Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt. ROTR supports entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley and other coastal tech hubs. It is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. This is the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurship across the U.S. — high-growth companies can now start and scale anywhere, not just in a few coastal cities.