BACKYARD FARMS

Madison, ME

About:

With about 42 acres, the equivalent of 32 football fields, Backyard Farms is New England’s largest greenhouse tomato producers. Since their first crop in 2007, Backyard Farms has rapidly grown into a household name when it comes to quality. From the way the tomatoes are grown, picked, handled, packed, and delivered; quality is at the heart of the operation at Backyard Farms. In addition to quality, Backyard Farms prioritizes food safety and sustainability.

With a “Food Safety First” approach Backyard Farms “[has] ’designed in’ food safety and designed out potential food safety risks by implementing and strictly adhering to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Handling Practices (GHPs) and Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls (HARPC). GAPs deal with pre-harvest practices in our greenhouses while GHPs cover post-harvest practices, including packing & shipping. HARPC identifies and monitors specific food safety risks that can adversely affect the safety of food products.”

Backyard Farms is working every day to become more sustainable. From the way water, heat, land and energy is used to the design of packaging and where the tomatoes end up; Backyard Farms is always looking for ways to promote sustainability.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: http://www.backyardfarms.com/

More from the Farmer:

Q: How many honeybees are used to pollinate?
A: Over 20,000 bees are brought in to pollinate.

Q: How many people work at Backyard Farms?
A: We have over 200 employees; and each of our employees are responsible for taking care of their “personal garden” (about 7,000 plants).

“We are tomato growers. It’s what we do, it’s what we love, and it’s where and how we live.”

-Backyard Farms