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Ramel Bradley invests in greenhouse to put Eastern Kentucky to work

(Photo: By Michael Clevenger, C-J)

(Photo: By Michael Clevenger, C-J)

If you’ve been wondering what Ramel Bradley’s been up to lately, he’s been helping put Eastern Kentucky to work. The former UK point guard is one of the investors behind AppHarvest, a $50 million greenhouse on 70 acres of reclaimed mining land in Pikeville, Kentucky. According to the Courier-Journal, Bradley, AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb, and chief operating officer and fellow UK alum Seth Norat plan to hire 130 workers in Appalachia at $12/hour or more to grow tomatoes, bell peppers, and other vegetables. Right now, the unemployment rate in Pikeville is 8.7%, almost double the statewide average of 4.5%.

The 45-acre hydroponic greenhouse will be located in the Marion’s Branch area of the new Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park, and will cover two million square feet and produce up to 2.6 million pounds of vegetables annually.

What a seriously awesome move by Ramel, who is not only giving back to the state where he went to school, but helping out one of the most impoverished places in the country. Learn more about the project in the Courier-Journal and the video below.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 responses to “Ramel Bradley invests in greenhouse to put Eastern Kentucky to work”

  1. david8577

    Pretty cool.

    1. leon singleton

      Thanks president Trump Hillary would have removed it to Mexico.

  2. J-Dub421

    Well done Ramel.

  3. ClutchCargo

    This is my new favorite thing Ramel has done, edging out the time he got in Andrew Bogut’s face during a game.

  4. secrick

    One of my favorite players at Ky, thanks Ramel.

  5. UKsuperdave

    This is awesome!

  6. Bluebros

    ^^^ What they said! Why is something like this just starting up? Creating jobs & food… Very cool!

  7. Luether

    Gonna have to sell a lot of veggies to recoup $50 million…

    1. catsarerunnin

      Thank you as always Mr. Positive.

  8. Lcbogey

    This will be a medical marijuana grow operation in the future…not meaning anything negative against Bradley, marjiuana or smokers…just an opinion.

    1. Bluebros

      Interesting. I hadn’t thought of it like that… yeah, you might be right if Kentucky ever tries to legalize pot, these guys would have a giant head start. Ha, that’s thinking outside the box