Gary Gemme and Harvest Farm in Whately/South Deerfield will host us for a twilight meeting on the cold chain--keeping produce cold from harvest to market.
Chris Callahan from UVM Extension Ag Engineering will join us to talk through harvest strategies, pre-cooling techniques and equipment, and produce storage including cooler maintenance. We’ll tour the farm’s post-harvest facilities and see the vacuum cooler that Harvest Farm recently purchased with a MA Food Security Infrastructure Grant.
Lisa McKeag from the UMass Vegetable Program will provide an update on the FSMA Agricultural Water Rule.
The meeting will be followed by food and refreshments.
This event is free and open to all. Please pre-register so that we can get a head count for ordering food. Thanks!