Village Farms To Host Grand Opening Of New Monahans, TX Greenhouse
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Village Farms International will host the grand opening of its newest greenhouse in Monahans, Texas on Thursday, May 17. The greenhouse, like none other the world over, features Village Farms proprietary Greenhouse Advanced Technology Environment System (GATES). The opening event, which is by invitation only, will feature a greenhouse tour, ceremony, and reception. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is scheduled as honorary guest speaker for the event.
According to Village Farms President & Chief Executive Officer, Michael DeGiglio, “We are honored to have Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, as well as local and state dignitaries join us at such a momentous event for Village Farms. The town of Monahans has welcomed us with open arms and we are honored to celebrate on this day. Locally grown Texas fresh produce farmed using environmentally friendly methods that employs the highest food safety standards available in the industry is cause for celebration every day.”
"A safe, affordable and reliable food supply will continue to be produced in Texas with this new greenhouse investment by Village Farms," Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. "This advanced technology will result in job creation, food security and add to the rich heritage of our farmers and ranchers who are committed to protecting the environment. The Monahans greenhouse project will continue Texas' agricultural legacy as a $100 billion powerhouse of productivity; and when agriculture prospers, consumers are the winners."
Currently Village Farms has completed the first 30 acre phase of the Monahans greenhouse. Village Farms Monahans greenhouse will provide local jobs for up to 400 employees on completion of its final phase.
About Village Farms
Village Farms is one of the largest producers, marketers and distributors of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America. This premium product as well as premium product produced under exclusive arrangements with other greenhouse producers is grown in sophisticated, highly efficient and intensive agricultural greenhouse facilities located in British Columbia and Texas. Product is marketed and distributed under the Village Farms® brand primarily to retail grocers and dedicated fresh food distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Village Farms currently operates distribution centers located in key markets in the United States and Canada. Since its inception, Village Farms has been guided by sustainable agricultural principles which integrate four main goals; environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equality. TSX:VFF Clean Technology Index S&P/TSX