BrightFarms Inc and Giant Food LC are entering a path-breaking partnership to deliver year-round local produce to Giant stores throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area. Constructed near Giant’s store at 1535 Alabama Avenue in southeast Washington, the 100,000-square-foot facility will be the largest urban greenhouse of its kind.
This partnership reflects Giant’s commitment to promoting health and wellness in local communities. By growing locally, BrightFarms delivers produce that is fresher, more flavorful, and better for consumers. The farm will grow quality produce, year-round, for thousands of customers in the DC area, while creating up to 20 full-time green-collar jobs, facilitating more than 100 construction jobs, and converting underutilized land into a sustainable farm. BrightFarms also plans to offer educational opportunities for local schools to learn about urban agriculture and environmental sustainability.
“Giant is committed to serving our community by delivering the highest quality produce at the best value,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food.”This unique partnership with BrightFarms will benefit the local economy while providing our customers with fresh, locally grown, and sustainable produce year-round. We’re excited about what this new partnership offers for our region.”
The greenhouse will be designed, built, and operated by BrightFarms in partnership with Washington’s Department of General Services and the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation in support of the Mayor’s Sustainable DC Plan.
BrightFarms anticipates completing the greenhouse and delivering produce to supermarket shelves by autumn 2014.
By financing, building, and operating local greenhouse farms, BrightFarms eliminates time, distance, and costs from the food supply chain. It signs long-term purchase agreements with supermarkets that feature fixed prices and minimum volume commitments.BrightFarms’ growing method uses far less land and water than conventional agriculture, and its urban locations create local green jobs and help to bring healthy, fresh produce to neighborhoods. For more information, go to www.brightfarms.com.
Giant Food, headquartered in Landover MD, operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs about 20,000 associates. For more details, access www.giantfood.com/.