Fresh packed squash is transferred from processing trailer to pallets that will be loaded onto a waiting tractor-trailer rig for shipment at Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, VA on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Kirby Farms devotes 200 acres of the farm to eggplant, spinach, beets, tomato, jalapeno peppers, melons and a variety of greens. Soybeans and small grain are grown on the remaining 300 acres. The fertile Virginia soil and their management practices, allows Kirby Farms to double and triple crop fields with rotational crop selection. Wholesalers, who buy from this farm, sell the produce to major supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region, from North Carolina to Maryland. Restaurants in the local area prepare and serve their harvest to patrons in the Greater Richmond, VA Region. For more information about this farm operation, please see the photoset description at flic.kr/s/aHsjLgeD4J. For information about the USDA, please go to www.usda.gov. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 5, 2014
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