Nona Yehia & Caroline Estay
Key elements of innovation: 1) Customized employment - build the job to fit the person, not find the person to fit the job. 2) Grow-well model: inclusive, career-building employment for people with disabilities.
The impact: Helping to create jobs in communities struggling with food insecurity and extend economic inclusion to citizens who are often left out - 50/50 ratio of employees with different abilities; Near-zero turnover rate, in an industry plagued by voluntary turnover and difficulty attracting new workers. Not only does Vertical Harvest help to bolster the local food economy, but also creates an incredible social impact.