Oregon organic farmers have opened their first greenhouse on their property, to grow food for people in the state.
Organic Growers of America says the new facility is located on the outskirts of Eugene, and will produce up to 150,000 pounds of organic produce annually.
The group says it hopes to serve people in its community in a way that will help them live healthier lives and reduce the environmental impact of growing and processing food.
The organization says the greenhouse will be operated by a small team of people who will grow and process the organic produce they plan to sell to restaurants and grocery stores.
Organistan Growers Association president Matt DeBruin says the growing season for organic produce in Oregon starts early in the spring, and they will be able to sell it at farmers markets and grocery markets, but also at their greenhouse.
The greenhouse will provide a home away from home for the organic growers and their staff, DeBryns says.
Organigram’s executive vice president of business development, David McEachern, says the company is excited to partner with the organic farmers, who are making a difference in the lives of Oregonians.
“We are excited to be able grow and harvest our own food and help people in Oregon to live healthier and more productive lives,” McEashern said in a statement.
“As a member of the Organic Growers, we are honored to be working with a company that is committed to helping grow and sustain local food for our communities.”
The greenhouse is expected to be open for about a year, and the farm will be open from May to September.