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Kent Down Mushrooms
- Kentdown Mushrooms is based in Fawkham
in Kent and run by Nigel Baddeley.
farm has been operating for over 30 years and has two full time dedicated
growers and a highly skilled group of pickers.
The mushrooms are harvested using a dual system of in house
picking and since 2000 Nigel developed a mushroom picking line which is used to
pick and pack at the same time reducing picking costs considerably.
The trays are picked straight into and then loaded with a
forklift and are then moved through to the pickers using a series of rollers
where the trays are picked. Once picked the trays carry onto to the end of the
end of the line where they are stacked ready to return to the tunnels.
The farm manufactured the picking line with automatic waste
disposal of stalks and waste. This also consisted of a conveyer system to take
away the product from the picker straight to the weighing station. The product
is then chilled in the High Humidity Chiller ready for dispatch to companies
similar to ours.