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Rural Blog: New 60-acre Ky. greenhouse is part of a plan to get fresher produce to Eastern U.S.

In Morehead, ground has been broken on a project that, its founder hopes, will help bring jobs to Eastern Kentucky and supply fresher produce to the Eastern U.S. AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb plans to build a series of huge greenhouses to grow tomatoes at first. The solar-power professional “has no prior experience in farming, but he has managed to attract $97 million in project financing...

AppHarvest to locate high-tech greenhouse in Pikeville, add 140 jobs on reclaimed mine site

Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. “AppHarvest’s project will bring exciting, high-tech job opportunities to Eastern Kentucky,” said Bevin. “Our administration is dedicated to increasing economic opportunity across...

UK’s Living Learning Program turns 25 next term with sustainable Greenhouse residence

By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward   Encouraging sustainability practices and awareness of environmental issues is at the heart of a new Living Learning Program, although the LLP is itself 25 years old. The new offering will make its debut this fall at the University of Kentucky.   Greenhouse is a partnership between the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the College of Arts...