Squash Harvest at Kirby Farms
Migrant farm workers carefully select, trim, rinse, pack and load squash for delivery at Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, VA on Sep. 20, 2013. Kirby Farms is a third-generation family farm that covers 500 acres, and generates produce and grains on a year-around operation. 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. Restaurateurs in the local area prepare and serve their harvest to patrons in the Greater Richmond 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 photos by Lance Cheung.
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