Winter Pack Shed and Apprentice Kitchen
Grant Award: $6,000
Against the Grain has built an insulated kitchen and winter pack shed as an attachment to their existing sorghum boiler shed (built with a 2016 WNC AgOptions grant). They poured a concrete slab, built a structure with a metal roof and purchased used appliances (stove, hood vent, refrigerator).
The new building will allow them to harvest more consistently during the winter months, enabling them to increase quality and quantity of winter greens and root production. Increased production will open up more markets.
Season extension will also allow them to offer existing customers more product and remain competitive throughout the winter. They will also be able to offer a winter CSA, which will extend current CSA membership for additional four months and allow for new members.
The kitchen is accommodating their rich apprenticeship/volunteer program and serves as a prep area to support of the sorghum molasses operation.