Clement Swift, Clem’s Organic Gardens
Cold Storage for Crop Diversification and Expansion
Grant Award: $8,000
Clem plans to scale up production at his farm this year with the addition of a leased parcel that will increase his growing area by 60%. Having already reached the storage capacity with his current cooler units, Clem plans to increase his cooler space by buying a used refrigerated container.
The container will be able to store kale and root vegetables that require low temperature storage. This will free up his existing coolers to store other crops at different temperatures. The increased production will increase revenue this year by $80,000-$120,000 which will put him closer to his goal of profitably paying for farm management and his own pay.