What We Do
Vertical Harvest Hydroponics (VHH) is a veteran-owned business, located in Anchorage, Alaska that designs and builds Containerized Growing Systems (CGS), which allow produce to be grown on-site, virtually eliminating the expensive and lengthy supply chain.
CGS is a hydroponic growing system, housed inside a 40’ insulated shipping container and includes everything needed to grow fresh produce, giving our customers the flexibility of location. Our system can be placed anywhere with power and potable water, providing you with easy access to the harvest. The CGS is Arctic ready and optimized for high yield, year round production. Produce is grown on-site, virtually eliminating the expensive and lengthy supply chain. In spite of its tiny footprint, a single CGS will supply your business with anywhere from 23,000 to 39,000 heads of greens per year. There are no technical skills required and anyone can become a local producer with a minimal effort. Customers can chose to grow from a variety of leafy greens and culinary herbs, such as butter lettuce, romaine, red/green leaf, kale, arugula, mint, basil, etc. Everything grown in a CGS is safe, clean, pesticide free and non – GMO. Why eat food that’s been shipped for days, when you can have nutrient rich produce, freshly harvested right here in Alaska? Straight from “farm” to table – this is our on-site advantage.
2011. Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Head of lettuce – $18.
Visiting our neighbors in Canada, opened our eyes to the pervasiveness of lower quality produce in remote areas. Most produce, trucked, flown and barged for miles, arrives looking wilted and is left with only a small fraction of its nutrients. Big advocates of healthy, local and sustainable produce, we decided to rewrite this story.
2014. Anchorage, Alaska.
We founded Vertical Harvest Hydroponics (VHH), an Alaskan start up company. Since 2013, we have been refining our product with one major goal in mind:
To provide quality, locally grown sustainable produce, year round.
2015. Our prototype. Generation II model.
The technology is here. Using our hydroponic growing system, we can empower individuals or organizations to sustainably produce high yield, quality greens, all year round, in their back yard. For the majority of 2015, we have been partnering with and growing hydroponic leafy greens in our Gen II unit at Bell’s Nursery in Anchorage, Alaska. This was an extremely successful partnership, as we were able to grow a large variety of greens and herbs, while restaurants and stores such as Carrs/Safeway in Anchorage, benefited from cooking with and selling locally grown produce. At the close of 2015, we sold our Gen II system to a local business – Alaska Sprouts. We are grateful to Bell’s Nursery for the mentorship and an opportunity to grow as a business!
January 2016. Generation III Containerized Growing System (CGS).
Generation III is where we really take the hassle out of growing. This is the ultimate hydroponic farm, designed specifically to operate in cold climates. This system will supply you with over 23,000 pieces of produce per year.
June 2016. Generation IV Containerized Growing System (CGS)
Recently installed in Dillingham, Alaska and Kotzebue, AK, the Generation IV CGS is an industrial-grade hydroponic fresh vegetable production system. This system is professionally engineered and designed to work functionally between -60F and 85F and has been optimized for high yield, year round production. This system will supply you with anywhere from 23,000 to 39,000 pieces of produce per year. How does it work? Find out here.
Our mission & goal
Our mission is to provide an alternate way to source fresh, high quality, locally grown and sustainable produce in remote communities, year round.
At VHH, we are all about creating and designing smart farming opportunities for the north and remote areas. We use modern technologies and apply it to an ancient practice of traditional farming in order to benefit communities. We are very motivated and excited by the current health trends in this country and our goal is to be a part of the effort on providing and promoting sustainable and healthy living, to everyone, regardless of their geographical location.
If you would like to know more about bringing delicious produce to your area, we can help get you started.
Who can benefit from partnering with VHH?
Our turnkey, hydroponic farming solution allows anyone to start growing produce with ease – no farming or technical skills required. Whether you are a local store, a hospital, a restaurant, a school, a remote camp operator, an employer or a motivated individual, we can work with you on your produce needs.
- Local producers or those who aspire to produce
- Local supermarket and stores
- Produce wholesalers
- Community supported agriculture organizers
- Rural villages
- Native corporations
- Village tribal councils
- Non profits and co-ops
- Schools (secondary and postsecondary)
- Oil Companies
- Remote camp operators
What you can expect
We have the flexibility to:
- Personally engage with our clients and partners
- Take time to listen and to further refine our product and service
- Provide early on clients with lucrative offers and pricing
We have a dedicated team and resourceful advisors, determined to fulfill our commitment to you and to live by our mission. Get a hold of us and let’s have a conversation.
“Lifelong Alaskan and gardener who decided 8 years ago to build a life out of doing what I love, growing food. Agriculture has always been a challenge up here, but we know that with dedicated people working along side an engaged community we can build a better food system. And how do I like my greens? Straight out of the shipping container.”
“The best I have ever felt and performed athletically was when I ate a considerable amount of vegetables. A salad staple at my house is my wife’s ginger sesame melee with red leaf, butterhead and arugula. As such, I believe that people thrive on good nutrition. We have the technology to grow fresh produce locally and use the proceeds to support local economies.”
“Growing much of our food as a child gave me immense understanding of what it means to eat healthy and local. As a long time resident of Alaska, I believe that settling for produce grown thousands of miles away is not sustainable or healthy. The north can do better. It comes down to this – the healthier we live, the better we think.”
Our board of advisors
John Wanamaker is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor (Alaska Venture Partners, LLC), who has served as either Founder or CEO of companies from a wide range of industries. John currently serves as the Venture Partner for the Bristol Bay Development Fund, an early and mid stage fund, and is on the board of directors of Alaska Regional Hospital, an HCA company. Recently he concluded his nearly 10 years of serving as a director of two privately held companies: Venture Ad Astra, which focused on acquiring and developing geointelligence technologies and companies (one of which led to a successful IPO – Immersive Media Company, which created the technology used by Google’s “Street View” mapping product); and Zulutime, a company that developed breakthrough position, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies for satellites, wireless networks and innovative indoor location-based services.
Active in his community, John donates his time to a number of organizations. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Alaska Pacific University and continues to serve as a Trustee; served on the Community Advisory Board for Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE); sits as a Director of Seawolf Holdings; recently completed his service as an Honorary Commander for the 477th Fighter Group; and is a Co-Founder (with his wife Karin) of the Anchorage Schools Foundation.
John is a graduate of the University of Chicago, a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and a graduate of the Executive Program in Exponential Technologies at Singularity University.
Jason Hoke is the Executive Director of Copper Valley Development Association, Inc. (CDVA). Previously, Jason has been the President of the Board for the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development and a Director on the Board of Copper Valley Telecom.
Mr. Hoke came to the Copper Valley, Alaska in 1996 as a teacher and administrator in Chistochina for the Copper River School District. Since then, Jason has founded and established School and Community Supports, a non-profit agency that serves adults and children with disability throughout the Northeast. Additionally, he has owned private sector businesses, served as the Tribal Administrator for Cheesh’na Tribal Council, and has experience working with federal, state, municipal, tribal, and private entities throughout the United States, in a multitude of capacities.
He is also a member of the AK Food Policy Council, sits on the Alaska Energy Authority’s (AEA) Steering Committee for Biomass Greenhouses, and is heading the Regional Energy Planning for the Copper Valley with AEA.
Jason has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology/Criminology, Masters of Science in Special Education/ Behaviorism, and Post-Graduate work in Behavioral Psychology. He lives with his wife and three children in the Willow Creek area of the Copper Valley.