JACKSON, Wyo. — GYDE Architects is a firm that is deeply rooted in the idea that architecture can be a vehicle for social and community connection. From monetary and service donations, affordable housing, local public parks, AND civic buildings such as the Teton County Library and Vertical Harvest, GYDE is at the forefront of design projects that give back.
In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to keep the spirit of the Jackson community alive and to support the local businesses that contribute to the ethos of this town.
In 2013, GYDE was a part of the team that oversaw the Teton County Library remodel. The project has been at the heart of the firm, and today continues to act as an essential resource for members of the community.
In the face of the current crisis, the library staff is encouraging everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and as a result, they are waiving all overdue fines during their closure. They are also promoting several digital resources such as online storytimes, classes, e-books and more. Visit the Teton County Library website to access all of their digital content.
Other civic projects are working to address the importance of local food access. Vertical Harvest, designed by GYDE Principal Nona Yehia, is a first-of-its-kind vertical greenhouse located in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming. The four-year-old greenhouse provides fresh, year-round produce that can go from farm to fork in 24 hours at the peak of its nutritional and taste value. Vertical Harvest also grows microgreens. These young greens pack up to 40 times the nutritional value of their adult counterparts and are a great resource for essential vitamins and minerals. Vertical Harvest is proudly donating a portion of their produce to health care workers at St. John’s Health on a weekly basis.
Vertical Harvest has partnered with other GYDE clients including Bovine and Swine Meats, part of the Fine Dining Restaurant Group, and Persephone Bakery to create Local Love Boxes, which contain a variety of fresh greens as well as sausage, bacon, fresh baked bread and granola. These boxes can be pre-ordered online and picked up outside of Bin 22 between 3-5 p.m. on Fridays. Orders can be placed here. Both are great ways to support your community and fill your pantry with fresh local food.
Vertical Harvest has also partnered with Bovine and Swine Meats and Persephone Bakery to create Local Boxes of Love, which contain a variety of fresh greens as well as sausage, bacon, fresh baked bread and granola. These boxes can be pre-ordered online and picked up outside of Bin 22 between 3-5 p.m. on Fridays. Orders can be placed here.
Aside from the local love box, GYDE, Fine Dining Group and Persephone Bakery are finding other ways to support our community. GYDE has donated to Cultivate Ability and the Community Foundation, the Roadhouse Brewery recently helped donate 10,000 KN95 masks to Jackson’s first responders and healthcare workers, while Persephone continues to donate fresh-baked bread through Jackson Hole Cupboard to those experiencing food insecurity.
The willingness of local small businesses to come together and find innovative ways to continue serving the community is a testament to how truly resilient and exceptional Jackson is.