Packing area tips to save time and money
By Marcia Miquelon, Outreach Specialist
Press release | Tip sheet
"Most vegetable growers are so busy with the day to day tasks of keeping a farm going that they don't have time to analyze each task to see if it could be done more efficiently," says University of Wisconsin Assistant Scientist Astrid Newenhouse. "Winter is a good time to diagram your packing area layout, and plan changes."
Newenhouse is a member of UW's Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits research team. By videotaping and analyzing the packing process, the team was able to help growers at Drumlin Farm, a local fresh market and Community Supported Agriculture farm, streamline tasks and make zero- or low-cost changes.
"An efficient pack-out area makes a huge difference," says Drumlin farmer Doug Wubben. "It's really important for the safety and quality of our crops to get them into the cooler as quickly as possible, and to save time and energy for other things."
Here are some of the things growers should consider when setting up or evaluating their packing area:
For more information contact the Healthy Farmers, Healthy Profits Project at (608) 262-1054 or visit http://bse.wisc.edu/hfhp/.
Partnered with: The University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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