Nona Yehia and her team at Vertical Harvest will be featured in the coming week on "Champions for Change," a CNN program billed as a "spotlight on the innovators, changemakers and pioneers who are challenging the status quo to improve the lives of others."
The tentative air times for the Vertical Harvest segments are noon Sunday, 8 a.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Wednesday. The full show will run at 8 a.m. Saturday.
"The special will feature ten transformative individuals — each with their own causes, obstacles and triumphs — who share their first-person narratives," an announcement said.
Yehia is a principal at GYDE Architects and also the CEO and a co-founder of Vertical Harvest, the three-story greenhouse on the side of Jackson's parking garage.
CNN's promotional blurb says: "Architect Nona Yehia has developed a way to cultivate produce — and livelihoods —on a mass scale with minimal space.
"She built her Vertical Harvest greenhouse on a 1/10 acre infill lot. It grows an annual bounty of vegetables equivalent to 10 acres of regular farming.
"Vertical Harvest strives to hire employees with special needs, providing meaningful work and reaping strong returns in tangible and intangible ways."