Hearts of Glass
Hearts of Glass tells the story of the critical first year of operation of Vertical Harvest (VH), a highly innovative, but risky, experiment in growing crops and providing meaningful employment to people with disabilities. VH is an “urban farm” on 1/10 of an acre at an elevation of 6,237 feet. The cutting-edge greenhouse is located in Jackson, Wyoming, a tourist destination with extreme seasonal fluctuations in weather, population and demand for goods and services.
Six years in the making, at a cost of $3.8 million, VH is the brainchild of two women who asked “Is it possible to provide vegetables and fruits to our community year-round while also creating fair-paying jobs in an integrated setting for citizens with disabilities?” The project combines technologically advanced vertical hydroponic farming with the social mission of employing an underserved and underestimated group – community members with developmental disabilities.
The film chronicles the first year of Vertical Harvest’s operation, exploring its impact on citizens with disabilities, its financial viability and its potential for replication in other communities.
Anticipated Run Time
Feature-length and Festival Cut
Hearts of Glass is currently in production and we are raising funds through grants and tax-deductible donations from individuals, families, foundations and corporations. You can donate online through Slow Food in the Tetons at Donate (click on the snail!) – you can write “Hearts of Glass” in the “Special Instructions” box.
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