Post Harvest Case Studies

We have discovered a lot of farms are ramping up, renovating, or improving their post-harvest areas for a number of reasons. Some want to make it easier to clean to improve produce safety, others have outgrown their current set-up, and some are looking just to make their workspace a more enjoyable place to work. Every farm grows different crops, sells to different markets, and has different budgets to work from. Rather than trying to summarize all information at once, we have chosen to capture the entire picture for a variety of farms that are willing to share the details, what works, and what they wish they had done differently. Below are post-harvest case studies filled with pictures, examples, findings, and video interviews showcasing the different scenarios taken to improve their washing and packing space.

Small Axe Farm

  • Acres in Production: 1
  • New construction, special use farm building
  • Includes wash/pack space, microgreens growing area and a farm shop
  • Build Cost: $100k

Read: Sharpening the Edges: Wash/Pack Efficiencies in a New Farm Building at Small Axe Farm

Watch the YouTube Playlist

Ananda Gardens

  • Acres in Production: 1.5
  • Renovated old dairy barn
  • Phased Construction Timeline
  • Combination of new & Recycled materials

Read: Patient Pursuit of Packshed Happiness at Ananda Gardens

Watch: YouTube Playlist

Flywheel Farm

  • Acres in Production: 2
  • Leased land
  • $3,000 DIY 8’x20′ Wooden structure
  • 8’x8′ Wash/pack with 5’x7′ Cooler

Watch: Building a small-scale open packshed on leased land

Footprint Farm

  • Acres in production: 2.5
  • New construction of a BarnHouse
  • Featuring wash and pack space, walk-in cooler, workshop, and residential living space
  • Build Cost: $300k

Read: The BarnHouse: Optimized for Modern Day Vegetable Farming at Footprint Farm

Watch: YouTube Playlist

Indian Line Farm

  • Acres in production 5
  • Renovated old dairy barn
  • Upgrades included replacing the concrete floor, raising the ceiling, installing a wash/pack area, bathroom, cooler, and improving the CSA distribution space.
  • Build Cost: $260k

Read: The Next Chapter: Renovating a Barn to Sustain Indian Line Farm 

Watch: Farm Visit Video

New Leaf Organics

  • Acres in production: 5.5
  • Renovated old dairy Barn
  • Includes space for indoor vegetable washing, two walk in coolers, space to arrange cut flowers, store materials, and includes commercial catering kitchen
  • Build Cost: $90k

Read: Giving a Dairy Barn New Life at New Leaf Organics

Watch the YouTube Playlist

High Meadows Farm

  • Acres in production: 7
  • Renovated old dairy barn
  • Polycarbonate solarium for natural light
  • Smoothed out concrete floors

Watch: Produce Packshed Design for Safety & Efficiency: High Meadows Farm

Root 5 Farm

  • Acres in production: 8
  • Renovated/expanded existing pole barn
  • Built to meet food processing requirements for value added production
  • Build Cost: $40k

Read: Wheels Keep Things Rolling at Root 5 Farm

Watch: YouTube Playlist

Last Resort Farm

  • Acres in production: 10
  • Renovated old dairy barn
  • Includes 5 remotely monitored cold storage rooms
  • Build Cost: $60k

Read: Last Resort Farm Not Stalled by Dairy Barn Conversion

Watch: YouTube Playlist

Mighty Food Farm

  • Acres in production: 14
  • New Construction of a Packing Shed
  • Features dedicated wash and pack space, two walk-in coolers, CSA room and employee break area

Read: Mighty Clean and Comfortable – A New Wash and Pack Shed at Mighty Food Farm

Watch: YouTube Playlist

Jericho Settlers Farm

  • Acres in production: 25
  • New construction of a 45’x85’x18′ packshed
  • 50% of square footage is cooler space

Watch: Expanding to accommodate business growth at Jericho Settler’s Farm


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Additional Case Studies are captured and shared on the UVM Produce Safety Portal, many of these are provided from farmers for the benefit of others.

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