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Kieran N
15078 Beaverland St
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the project

Please help us install a small walk-in cooler in the farm's root cellar by donating. Every dollar we raise for this project will be matched by the Eastern Market Corporation! 

One of the primary obstacles Beaverland Farms faces in going forward with its plans to wholesale larger, bulk orders of vegetable crops is that we are currently forced to harvest crops incrementally, leaving partially unused bed space for weeks at a time.  In an intensive-rotation system this can be the difference between a full crop rotation.  We are also forced to harvest each order independently, which increases risk of weather-related delays.

The farm has already dug and built a small root cellar for overwinter crops for personal use, but due to the variability of temperatures, it is not functional for the farm's commercial applications.  By enclosing the semi-underground structure in rigid foam insulation and adding an air conditioner, we will be able to take an advantage of the earth's stable thermal mass, storing produce in both summer and winter.

The cooler will increase farm efficiency and streamline our labor expenditures by allowing us to pre-harvest several orders simultaneously and store them for 24-48 hours prior to delivery. Most importantly the produce out of the field will be more quickly chilled to its optimal temperature, providing our restaurants and farmer's market customers with the freshest produce possible.


the steps

- Purchase all building materials

- Clean and tuck-point our root cellars retaining walls until they're nice and smooth

- Install new, insulated cellar door

- Install insulation on floor, walls, ceiling, and another sheet for the door. Tape all joints for a tight seal.

- Cut a hole in the upper wall for the AC unit

- Install AC unit

- Store salad greens, hot crops and cooking greens in the short term, and root vegetables for long periods

why we're doing it

Our farm's production capacity has been steadily growing for the past two years, and we often outmatch our capacity to process and store everything we grow.  In order to generate as little waste as possible we want to ensure that every pound of produce from our field makes it somebody's plate.  That can be from a restaurant, a market, or even a donation to the food bank.  But we can't maximize that produce without a really big refrigerator.  The more people we reach with our produce the more our neighborhood and the lots we occupy can flourish as we reinvest in the farm's growth and stability.


Disbursed Budget (as of 2.28.17):

RAISED = $1,477.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $42.00

Original Budget:

Supplies and installation costs for a small walk-in cooler = $1400

Project Subtotal =  $1,400
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $42
Total to Raise on ioby = $1,477



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