Editorial: Growing good ideas
March 23, 2011
Recent news that Marilynn Hill’s Planet Yampa greenhouse project has received money for a feasibility study is encouraging to the Editorial Board. Hill’s proposed project is exciting for the future of our community and her determination and research into the matter are admirable.
Craig resident Marilynn Hill sees opportunity on 520 acres.
She hopes to fill that amount of land with 12 greenhouses to feed a large-scale, hydroponic food business that could bring hundreds of jobs to the area, if the idea is feasible.
In Hill's idea, the Editorial Board sees merit. In Hill, we also see a variety of admirable qualities.
The greenhouse project — also called Planet Yampa — has recently received approval for grant money needed to conduct a study that will determine if it is feasible in our county.
The approval of the grant money confirmed our thinking that Hill's project holds merit and has a chance of succeeding in the area.
Even though the grant money is going toward a study to see if it will work, it beat out other ideas competing for the same grant, and that speaks to Hill's research, diligence and tenacity to bring this idea to fruition.
We're impressed with Hill's determination and wish her nothing but the best as the project moves forward. We find it hard not to respect free thinkers in our community looking to make a difference.
Hill's actions are also in line with another aspect of the community we hope to promote — diversification.
It's no secret that when the energy industry comes under attack like it has in the last several years, our community feels the pinchMany have been looking for a way to ease those pains.
Hill's determination to secure a viable alternative economic driver in the area is refreshing. Too often we hear the bellyaching, but see little in the way of change.
Sure, this project has its fair share of skeptics, but at least someone is trying something to improve the community's future.
As we understand it, the research done in the feasibility study won't go to waste if the project doesn't hold weight in Moffat County. The data collected could be used to bring the idea to other areas in the state and nation.
That's welcome news to the Editorial Board — we would hate to see all that money wasted if the project isn't feasible here.
If this idea does moves forward, we would like to see Hill make good on her promises to involve the community in the development and implementation of the project. A company and project of this size needs to be embraced by the community to succeed.
With the number of jobs and advanced science it could bring to the area, we don't see a reason why the community wouldn't want to support it.
We think it would be prudent for the community to get behind this project and offer what it can to further the cause.