Produce Packshed Design: Renovating an old dairy barn to a year round packshed at High Meadows Farm

Added by Andrew Chamberlin • Last updated January 4, 2022
Author: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Type: Videos
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation, Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: VT
Language: English

How pack sheds on fruit and vegetable farms are designed has an enormous impact on a farm's profitability and the ease of day to day operations. A well-designed and brightly lit area that is large enough to move around in improves worker comfort and safety and increases efficiency when moving product. Because of the overlap between human pathogens and plant pathogens, a space that is well ventilated and easy to clean will both improve produce safety and extend product shelf life.  This video features the farmers at High Meadows, who became Vermont's first certified organic farm in 1971, as they renovate an old dairy barn into a pack shed that includes a wash line and storage.    For more information about the farm, see their website at http://www.highmeadowsfarm.com/.  For more Produce Safety resources from the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
 

 


 


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