Hearts of Glass

Hearts of Glass

Sun, 01/31/2021 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn more about Vertical Harvest, an innovative experiment in growing crops and providing meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

Hearts of Glass, airing Sunday, January 31 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV and again on Sunday at 6 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD, tells the story of the critical first 15 months of operation of Vertical Harvest, an innovative experiment in growing crops and providing meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Directed and produced by Jennifer Tennican of JenTen Productions, Hearts of Glass is presented by KRCB/Northern California Public Media and distributed by American Public Television (APT). 

This program is presented as part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies that celebrates people with differing abilities

In a mountain town better known for extreme sports than extreme horticulture, Vertical Harvest (VH) strives to fill critical community needs including year-round produce and good jobs for an underserved population. Hearts of Glass follows the young business as it pushes the boundaries of social entrepreneurship and local, sustainable agriculture on a tiny sliver of land in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Through its three-story futuristic glass and steel façade, viewers see the two key components of the hydroponic greenhouse – innovative technology and an inclusive workforce. The film weaves the story of VH’s launch with the personal journeys of employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Plants and people grow together in this intimate portrait of innovation, inclusion and community. 

Finding purposeful, competitively-paid employment is a challenge for individuals with disabilities, who still face significantly higher unemployment rates than their nondisabled peers. Good jobs can provide people of all abilities with economic independence, ways to contribute to their communities and vital social connections. The film provides an opportunity to celebrate the strides our nation has made toward full inclusion, while inspiring us to do more.

Dialogue on Disability, an initiative founded by WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies in 2003, celebrates people with differing abilities and promotes a more inclusive community. Presenting a week’s worth of TV and radio specials, news reports, and interviews on WXXI’s daily talk show, Connections with Evan Dawson, the initiative is designed to encourage community discussion about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 25-31.

For a complete list of programs and other offerings, visit WXXI.org/dodDialogue on Disability is a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies - in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series. The initiative is supported by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation with additional support from The Golisano Foundation.

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