In Jackson, Wyoming, a state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse exists that is cranking out roughly 100,000 pounds of produce each year using only one-tenth of an acre of land. That alone is absolutely worth a story, but what makes the greenhouse even more newsworthy is that the 34 employees who work there all have some sort of developmental disability.
The greenhouse, which is known as Vertical Harvest, prides itself on empowering people with disabilities by providing meaningful work and an environment that is both inclusive and supportive.
Recently, a writer over at the wonderful publication Grist had a word with Nona Yehia, one of the founders of Vertical Harvest. Have a look here to get an insider’s look into the empowering work happening within Vertical Harvest, and see why disabilities are by no means a barrier to employment when a company does everything to facilitate its workers’ needs.