Michael Porterfield: Gladheart Farms
Produce Processing-Packing Facility
Grant Award: $6,000
Gladheart Farms is building a packing and processing facility for farm produce, which will include a canning area and walk-in cooler for product storage. This new facility will improve food safety standards and greatly increase the farm’s ability to produce value-added products.
Gladheart Farms sells to Greenlife, Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op, Hendersonville Co-op and Poppies Market. Michael is actively recruiting other farmers to share his packing house.