Innovative Idea

Urban greenhouses to provide fresh produce in low- income communities

Nona Yehia

Vertical Harvest

Chicago, Illinois

Many affordable housing developments exist in ‘food deserts’ -- areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Urban agriculture has the potential to reconnect communities through nutritious food, meaningful jobs, and economic development.

Vertical Harvest will provide employment for underserved populations by growing food at a commercial scale via vertical greenhouses in Chicago. This project will explore and evaluate the integration of vertical farming within affordable housing to help build a scalable model for future housing developments, while also improving food security and nutrition, and promoting holistic community wellness. It will also promote economic development and empowerment through innovative job creation by responding to the ever-increasing demand for local produce.

Project Lead