Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor and members of the community will join Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, March 28 for an official announcement and construction preview at its first urban greenhouse farm in New England. The farm is located at the site of the historic General Electric Base Works facility in Providence, part of the Woonasquatucket River redevelopment zone.
The 110,000-s.f. high-tech farm is slated to open in early fall 2019 and will create approximately 60 permanent and 100 construction jobs.
The facility will operate year-round to supply residents, restaurants and foodservice customers of Providence and the greater New England region with 10 million heads annually of farm-fresh lettuce and leafy greens grown with minimal environmental impact to preserve our natural resources.
Gotham Greens is a global pioneer in urban greenhouse agriculture and a leading consumer brand of local produce and fresh food products. The company grows its produce using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically sophisticated, climate-controlled urban greenhouses.
The company owns and operates more than 170,000 s.f. of greenhouse space across four facilities in New York and Chicago, and currently has 500,000 s.f. of greenhouse under development in five U.S. states. Gotham Greens was founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, New York, and currently employs over 150 full-time team members and is growing.