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COVER STORY
USING
TECHNOLOGY
TO GROW MORE
Sustainably and Responsibly
WHEATFIELD GARDENS
AT A GLANCE
Wheatfield Gardens is integrating onsite
power generation with controlled
environment agriculture to maximize
greenhouse vegetable and hemp
production.
BY DAVID KUACK
W
hen a group of financial partners found an abandoned vegetable
greenhouse in North Tonawanda, New York, they saw it as
the perfect opportunity to pursue their interest in plant-based
medicines as a potential business venture. They purchased the 12 ½-acre
facility in 2015 and named the company Wheatfield Gardens. Located about
10 miles north of Buffalo, the Venlo glass greenhouses were constructed
in the early 1990s by a local power company called Oxbow Power. The
greenhouses were initially operated by Village Farms to grow vine crops,
including tomatoes and cucumbers.
" At the time the greenhouses were built, power generation companies
seeking to build power plants in the U.S. were required by federal
regulations to do something with the excess steam that was generated to
produce electricity, " says Paal Elfstrum, CEO at Wheatfield Gardens.
" Many of these power plants were built adjacent to industrial
manufacturing sites. Oxbow Power, which owned a 37-acre parcel of land
about a mile away from its 55-megawatt power plant, built the greenhouses
to be the thermal host for the excess steam generated by the power plant.
The steam was piped to the greenhouses to heat the facility. "
Year Founded:
2015
Headquarters:
North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Production Facilities:
12.5-acre Venlo glass greenhouse facility
Employees:
25
Crops:
Leafy greens, herbs and industrial hemp for
cannabidiol (CBD) production
Customer Base:
Wheatfield Gardens markets its leafy greens and herbs under
the Pick'd (www.pickdgreens.com) brand name. The products
are available at Tops Friendly Markets across the Northeast.
The products are also distributed to smaller local retailers and
restaurants. Wheatfield Gardens also
participates in the New York State Farm-to-School Program by
suppling all of the leafy greens to the Buffalo Public Schools.
Wheatfield Gardens is the exclusive supply chain partner for a
CBD brand called Holistik Wellness (www.holistikwellness.com),
whose products are available at Wegmans Food Markets along
the East Coast.
All photos courtesy of Wheatfield Gardens
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http://www.pickdgreens.com http://www.holistikwellness.com

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