Red Sun Anticipating First TOV Harvest from New Greenhouse Facilities
DUBLIN, VA - With growing customer demand for the company’s premium produce lineup, Red Sun Farms is counting down to the first-ever harvest from its recent greenhouse expansion in Virginia. Harvest of conventional TOV is slated for September 25, 2014, while the first Virginia Grown, Organic TOV will be harvested in mid-October.
Carlos Visconti, COO, tells me, “Red Sun employs proprietary, cutting-edge technology to provide a continuous supply of the best hydroponically grown greenhouse vegetables. In addition to being strategically located to limit food miles and therefore extending the shelf life of our tomatoes, Virginia offers optimal climatic conditions for high-tech greenhouse operations.”
The first phase of the Virginia project will create 95 jobs and after a successful Job Fair in June, Red Sun is ready and excited to welcome this first crop with the company’s new team in place.
“We are the first 100% high-tech greenhouse organization to own farms in all 3 NAFTA countries. Our vertical integration spanning all 3 countries is one-of-a-kind in North America today,” Carlos notes.
Phase 2's expansion of 12 additional acres to the operation will be underway soon, followed by phase 3’s additional 18 acres that will bring Virginia’s Red Sun footprint to 48 acres in 2017. Once complete, the three year project will create jobs for 205 people and boast 48 acres of locally greenhouse grown tomatoes, organic, and specialty lines of produce.