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Big Marble Farms takes a big step towards reducing light pollution


November 1, 2021
By Big Marble Farms

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Big Marble Farms from the air, September of this year.

Big Marble Farms has announced that they will be installing ceiling blackout curtains on all existing greenhouses.

Based in Medicine Hat, Alta., the greenhouse producer is taking steps to significantly decrease the amount of light emitted during the winter months and to reduce the impact on their community.

“When we started twelve years ago, it was hard to imagine that our business would look like it does today. The community has been very supportive, and we do not take for granted how our operations affect those around us,” said Ryan Cramer, CEO of Big Marble Farms. “We love growing and doing business here. This project is a proactive step to reduce the impact on our friends and neighbours.”

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Currently, Big Marble Farms has 20 acres of blackout coverage, in keeping with Cypress County bylaws. Once the new project is finalized, all 55 acres of greenhouse will have ceiling blackout curtains, significantly reducing the visual impact of their operations.

The work of retrofitting the greenhouse will begin in fall 2021 and will be completed in the second half of 2022.

Big Marble Farms markets and sells on behalf of the entire greenhouse vegetable community in Southeastern Alberta, including the Red Hat Co-operative. Product offerings include Long English and mini cucumbers, tomatoes (TOV, roma, cocktail, beefsteak, medley, grape, and cherry), sweet and mini bell peppers, living lettuce, and eggplant.