Kara Dodson and Jacob Crigler,
Full Moon Farm
Grant Award: $3,000
Rather than having to pop out plant starts by hand and place into pre-dug holes, this Japanese tool allows the farmer to pull the transplanter behind them as seedlings, housed in bio-degradable “paper pots,” are automatically planted into rows.
With the new planting method, the farm expects to save 74 hours of labor over a 7 month period.
Salad greens account for 44% of their restaurant sales and they sell out at their farmer’s market stand from May through October. The Paper Pot Transplanter will allow them to expand their production, reduce labor and increase profitability.