First crop in new “GATES™” technology greenhouse
By Village Farms
By Village Farms
Dec. 14, 2011, Monahans, TX — Village Farms has completed planting in 15
acres (six hectares) of its new 30-acre greenhouse in Monahans, Texas.
The remaining 15 acres will be planted in January.
Dec. 14, 2011, Monahans, TX — Village Farms has completed planting in 15 acres (six hectares) of its new 30-acre greenhouse in Monahans, Texas. The remaining 15 acres will be planted in January.
The 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 facility in June 2011. The greenhouse is based on the company’s innovative proprietary technology termed GATES™, which has demonstrated yields exceeding 100 kilograms per square metre 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 customers.
“We are on schedule with construction as well as planting of our new facility in Monahans,” said CEO Michael DeGiglio. “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. I am extremely proud of our efforts to date and look forward to being fully operational in the spring of 2012.”
Village Farms is one of the largest producers, marketers and distributors of greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America. This premium product as well as premium product produced under exclusive arrangements with other greenhouse producers is grown in sophisticated, highly efficient and intensive agricultural greenhouse facilities located in British Columbia and Texas. Product is marketed and distributed under the Village Farms® brand primarily to retail grocers and dedicated fresh food distributors throughout the United States and Canada.
Village Farms currently operates distribution centres located in key markets in the United States and Canada.