Dozens of local and company officials braved Wednesday’s Cleburne heat to break ground on Eden Green Technology’s new expansion project.
The company, which opened its Cleburne plant in 2018, specializes in vertical greenhouse farming technology. The system produces substantially higher crop yields than traditional farming in a more ecologically sound manner and increases the availability of fresh produce to area grocery stores.
“Right here, in Cleburne, we’re building the largest vertical farming operations that focuses on food production in the entire southwest. This new facility is proof that you can grow produce locally at scale and still be commercially profitable, something that the rest of the vertical farming industry has yet to prove out," says Eddy Badrina, CEO of Eden Green Technology.
Company workers on Wednesday served tacos and breakfast burritos and conducted facility tours to celebrate the planned construction of a second greenhouse on-site, which at 83,000 square feet, will span substantially larger than the current greenhouse
Once the new greenhouse becomes operational, it and the existing one will provide numerous benefits, Eden Green CEO Eddy Badrina said, including employment opportunities.
“For every one of our greenhouses, for every acre and a half of greenhouse we build, we employee up to 30 full-time people. No more seasonal harvest. Year-round 11 to 13 harvests a year manned by men and women who will have a living day’s wage plus health benefits.”
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