Village Farms International will host the grand opening of its newest greenhouse in Monahans, Texas on Thursday, May 17, which will feature the company’s proprietary Greenhouse Advanced Technology Environment System (GATES). Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is scheduled to keynote the invitation-only event that will also feature a greenhouse tour, ceremony and reception.
Noting that “the town of Monahans has welcomed us with open arms,” Village Farms president and CEO Michael DeGiglio said: “Locally grown Texas fresh produce” raised with the most environmentally friendly methods and highest food safety standards available “is cause for a celebration every day.”
In advance of the open house event, Agriculture Commissioner Staples praised Village Farms’ advanced technology that “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."
The Eatontown, N.J.-based Village Farms -- which is one of the largest producers, marketers and distributors of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America -- has completed the first 30 acre phase of the Monahans greenhouse, which the company says will provide local jobs for up to 400 employees on completion of its final phase.