This is one of two field packing sheds we use to pack our fruit. They were originally designed and used in the 1960s. Mike’s dad packed fruit in them and now Mike is carrying on the family tradition.
As far as we know, we are the only farmers still doing this type of field packing of fruit. We are able to get the fruit from tree to bucket to lug box in minutes.
The lug boxes are stacked on a trailer and moved to the pole barn until they are loaded on the truck with a forklift.
From there Mike drives the truck 10 miles to Reedley where it is put in cold storage until shipped to the consumers.
We know whoever takes over our farming operation in the future will not be using these packing sheds. Perhaps we will donate them to a museum to preserve this part of farming history. Do you think it belongs in a museum?