Today we deployed a second Leafy Green Machine to yet another university campus in Massachusetts. Welcome UMass Dartmouth to the Freight Farms network!
Are you sensing a trend here? We are too and it’s awesome.
With consumer tastes changing and student demand for locally grown produce rising, more and more food service groups are starting to think outside the box (or inside the box in this case) to satisfy their clients needs.
This project, pitched by Chartwells, fits right in with the campus’ other initiatives to source locally from the Dartmouth and Massachusetts area. UMass Dartmouth will now be growing a variety of lettuces that go directly into their dining halls, traveling feet not thousands of miles. On top of the fresh produce they’ll be serving, they are incredibly excited about the hands-on education opportunities for students that come with this initiative.
Umass Dartmouth is expecting their first harvest in the beginning of 2016, and as always, we’ll keep you up to date on progress!