Kelsey Green, Our Friendly Allies
The Processing Facility Project
Grant Award: $8,000
Kelsey started Our Friendly Allies six years ago, and with the help of two previous AgOptions grants, has expanded to three greenhouses to grow certified organic herbs, medicinal herbs and vegetables. Exceeding her financial goals in the past two years, Kelsey will use her last AgOptions grant to outfit a processing facility in order to add infrastructure to bring her business to the next level. The new facility will accommodate over 1,500 pounds of fresh herb at a time, which is five times her current capacity.
The grant will pay for 182 drying racks, a 100,000 btu propane heater, an exhaust fan and circulation fans, and an industrial dehumidifier, as well as two 3-bay sinks, stainless steel tables, shelves and herb sifter for value-added products. Our Friendly Allies sells herb starts, veggie starts, dried herbs and value-added products at festivals and ships dried products all over the country through their website. With this new facility, they will now have the ability to secure wholesale accounts.