Village Farms International Inc. has completed planting of 15 acres of its new 30-acre greenhouse in Monahans, Texas. The remaining 15 acres will be planted in January. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company is in the final stages of completing the greenhouse and support structures, which will be fully operational prior to the initial harvest in late February.
Village Farms broke ground on the greenhouse in June. The greenhouse is based on the company’s innovative proprietary technology, termed GATES, which has demonstrated yields exceeding 100 kilograms per-square-meter per year in the company’s existing GATES research greenhouse. The Monahans greenhouse will provide year-round supply and enhance the company’s product offerings for its existing customer base.
Michael DeGiglio, Village Farms COO, said, “We are on schedule with construction as well as planting of our new facility in Monahans. I would like to thank the development team and our contractors for not only adhering to a stringent schedule but, in fact, building this facility in record time.
“Fellow industry professionals have made it a point to tell us they do not recall a traditional greenhouse, let alone one as complex as our GATES greenhouse, to have been completed so expeditiously,” he added. “I am extremely proud of our efforts to date, and look forward to being fully operational in the spring of 2012.”
Village Farms is a producer, marketer and distributor of greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America.