Performance targets from proposal:
This project will serve vegetable farmers who are responding to rapidly growing demand for locally grown food year-round. These farmers sell direct to customers and wholesale to other farms, schools, coops, and supermarkets. We will reach over 1,000 farmers through publications, and over 400 growers through direct contact in workshops, farmer networks and on-farm trials. The targeted audience needs new knowledge to increase production of crops for storage, efficiently meet crop storage needs, and use protective structures to extend the harvest season of field crops. By expanding harvests and sales in December-April, they will increase winter income, keep year-round employees, and help build regional food self-sufficiency.
Performance Target: 75 vegetable growers in New England increase their annual income from sales of vegetable crops during the months of December through April, by an average $6750 per farm. This will be accomplished through extending their production and harvest season or through expanding successful storage of fall-harvested crops, or both.