AppHarvest is building some of America’s largest greenhouses, combining conventional agricultural techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical-free produce to be sold to the top 25 U.S. grocers. The company’s first greenhouse will span 60 acres and open in 2020 in Morehead, Ky. The greenhouse will operate entirely on rainwater using a 10-acre retention pond, reducing water usage by 80% compared to a typical farm. By starting our company from within Appalachia, we benefit from being less than a day’s drive to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population. That lowers transportation costs by 75%, allowing our fresher produce to compete against low-cost foreign imports.
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