Gumz Farms Expands Packing Shed
Grower, packer, shipper also adds its fourth storage facility in the last five years
By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater
With an average increase of 10% in annual sales, the expansion increases existing capacity by approximately 40%.
Its packing facility, storage capabilities, and sustainable growing practices allow Gumz Farms to provide high-quality produce in a timely manner, year-round, to its customers.
Owners Richard and Roderick Gumz represent the fourth generation of family farmers. More recently, the fifth generation has come back to the farm to continue building the operation.
Specifically, Rod’s son, Jason, and Richard’s daughter, Jacalynn, have begun working full-time at the growing, packing and shipping operation.
Jacalynn has been concentrating on production and is responsible for precision agriculture and potato agronomy. Jason is working in the shed and helping with systems and technology.
“Being 4th generation, there is a responsibility to carry on from the third and to leave it in better shape for the 5th generation,” Rod says. “We are excited to see what the future holds.”