Produce growers awarded money
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets recently announced it had awarded $60,000 to 13 Vermont produce growers making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks.
Two of those farms receiving grants are in Addison County. Newleaf Organics of Bristol got $5,000 to transform an old dairy barn into a produce wash/pack area with stainless steel food contact surfaces and cleanable walls and floors.
Champlain Orchards of Shoreham got $5,000 to install an automated water sanitation system that will enable pH and temperature logging of the water in the apple packing line wash tank to reduce risks of food borne pathogens and improve water quality monitoring.