Once up in the big city, I took a drive up to Ft. Davis to photograph an amazing greenhouse operation. I was in Alpine one weekend this summer at the Antelope Lodge and they had about 50 cases of surplus hydroponic tomatoes from Village Farms to give away. http://www.villagefarms.com/ I took home about 200 tomatoes that weekend and gave them out to as many folks as I could find. They were fantastic tomatoes! I emailed them about a tour of their operation as I would love to emulate it on a much smaller scale for my own needs here. This greenhouse is the size of my my entire property at the Field Lab. Here are some of the amazing specs on their greenhouse in Ft. Davis:
Total Growing Area: 40 acres, Packing and Support Facilities: 76,230 sq. ft. , Total Project Cost: $23 million, Human Resources: 175 people employed year round, Number of Plants/Yield: 416,000 plants yield over 20 million pounds of tomatoes annually, Variety: Tomatoes on-the-vine, Roma tomatoes on-the-vine, Yellow tomatoes on-the-vine, Orange tomatoes on-the-vine. Facts: This forty-acre flagship greenhouse broke ground in March 1996 and full scale operations began in January 1997. The strategically-located, mile-high facility receives abundant light for growing tomatoes during the winter months and cooler temperatures during Southwest summer nights. Two more Village Farms greenhouses are located 10 miles away in Marfa, TX.