State grant to assist Franklin County farm expand its business

Franklin County

The Department of Agriculture is providing more than $140,000 to a Franklin County farm to expand their operations.

The Kitchen Garden in Sunderland will use the money to purchase new food processing equipment, which will speed up production at their farm.

The Kitchen Garden Farm is one of three farms in Massachusetts receiving a local food venture grant. Kitchen Garden Farm will use their share of the funding to purchase food processing equipment that will go inside a new commercial kitchen at their farm.

They said the new commercial kitchen will increase food production and create jobs.

“Building the kitchen facility here on the farm is going to be so much more efficient for us it’s going to give us access to the kitchen year round,” said Caroline Pam, co-owner of Kitchen Garden Farm. “And we will be able to produce products using a lot of more vegetables from the farm.”

Pam told 22News the commercial kitchen will replace a barn, which they no longer use. Pam said the state funding only covers the new food processing equipment and they took out a loan to cover the construction costs of the commercial kitchen.

Pam said the construction of the commercial kitchen will begin this weekend and expects to have it working by January.

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