Vertical Harvest Co-Founder

In 2008, Penny had an idea for how an urban farm that could provide employment opportunities for citizens with disabilities. That year, she brought together early stakeholders and potential partners in the community of Jackson, Wyoming, to explore her vision for a social enterprise with a green thumb. In 2009, she began working with Yehia and the two of them created Vertical Harvest. Among Penny’s skills is the ability to bring together disparate entities and successfully collaborate toward a common goal. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with private and public entities to develop integrative community systems ranging from urban farming to food waste diversion programs. Penny is a LEED AP and earned her M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University and a B.A. from Colorado State University.  

A successful history creating the business case for the environmental challenges faced by many around the globe motivates me to continue to find innovative solutions to share with others. Being fortunate to works on rewarding projects that integrate food and organic waste utilization, urban agriculture and green building standards has allowed me to understand that there are many creative answers available today.


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