Clearwater Organic Farms will bring fresher produce to the Finger Lakes region with plans for a massive commercial greenhouse in Rochester.
Alex Wasilov, one of the founding partners for Clearwater Organic Farms, discussed the local venture in our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation Wednesday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“Clearwater Organic Farms has created a controlled environment organic hydroponic greenhouse system that grows baby leaf vegetables,” explained Wasilov. “We plan to grow baby leaf vegetables here in Rochester. Our facility phase one will be about 15 acres, under glass, and we hope to double that size within the next three to five years.”
Wasilov said once the compete facility is operational, phase one and phase two, Clearwater Organic Farms plans to hire more than one hundred full-time employees. “They’ll be in shipping, they’ll be in process control, all elements of our facility,” he said. “The key is, though, that MCC has partnered with us to create an accredited program for food safety. That means taking classes that will lead to a degree. And, it’s not only creating jobs, it’s creating careers for individuals. We plan to hire a lot of veterans. We plan to hire a lot of underemployed, and really to help foster the growth of the community.”