North Country Growers Advanced Greenhouse Facility will be located in Berlin, New Hampshire, approximately 180 miles north of Boston, MA and 90 miles northwest of Portland, ME. The 172 acre site was purchased from the city of Berlin in January 2021.
The North Country Growers facility is slated to be the Northeast's first greenhouse utilizing combined heat and power (CHP) technology. The first phase of the project will build 10 acres of indoor tomato facilities and 10 acres of indoor salad green facilities. When operational, the site will have 83 full time employees.
The project has received all necessary New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services permits, including air, alteration of terrain, shoreland, driveway, water, and sewer, as well as all necessary local permits including subdivision and planning board approvals. The property was purchased in January 2021, and the Excavation and site prep for Phase 1 of the project began in August 2021.
By utilizing combined heat and power, hydroponic irrigation, enhanced lighting, supplemental carbon dioxide, and advanced control systems, the North Country Growers greenhouses are expected to achieve industry leading profit margins and yield increases in excess of 30% compared to standard greenhouses.
As part of its Rural Development Business Program, the USDA has granted North Country Growers a $25 million guaranteed loan.
Following passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Berlin, NH was designated as an Opportunity Zone by New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. Investments in Opportunity Zones provide a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into dedicated Opportunity Funds.
Site plan, prepared by Walter Cudnohufsky Associates, Inc.