That cilantro you mix into your guacamole could soon be locally sourced from a brand new, 100,000-square-foot, urban hydroponic greenhouse on 2-1/2 acres of land in Ward 8.
The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services (DGS) and BrightFarms, Inc., signed a lease agreement Thursday for the future site of the greenhouse.
BrightFarms will finance the construction and operation of the greenhouse and Giant Food will distribute the produce to its stores. Giant Food will be the exclusive retailer of BrightFarms’ year round local produce in the national capitol region.
“This greenhouse will be the world’s highest grossing urban farm,” said BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot in a press release, “and it will also have one of the greatest positive social impacts.”
DGS estimates the new urban farm will create 100 construction jobs and 20 full-time, green-collar jobs.
“This is a great example of leveraging the District’s assets to make the most of our real estate portfolio in a dynamic way that produces results which reverberate across the city,” said DGS Director Brian J. Hanlon in a press release.