Sunderland board OKs farm stand, 2 greenhouses
SUNDERLAND — North Main Street will soon be home to two 6,000-square-foot greenhouses and a 500-square-foot farm stand.
The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously granted a special permit Wednesday to a University of Massachusetts Amherst plant and soil sciences student to build two greenhouses to grow and sell basil, garlic, parsley, vegetables and flowers year-round at 200 North Main St.
Ganisher Abbasov, who has a doctorate in hydroponic agriculture from the University of Moscow, is known in Franklin County for developing a greenhouse growing system used by America Agro Products in Greenfield. Abbasov is now a doctoral candidate at UMass.
The land he wants to develop is owned by Alec Cybulski and Doris Lucas. The property also includes a house. Now that he has received the special permit, Abbasov expects to purchase the property and open the business by this spring.
The permit requires Abbasov to comply with several stipulations. Greenhouse lights are only allowed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., and there can be no direct light shining onto neighboring properties.
According to Abbasov, his growing system produces high-quality plants with a shortened growing cycle. The low-maintenance process uses a concentrated nutrient solution that increases rate of growth and enhances nutrient intensity. In his doctoral work at UMass, Abbasov is working to refine the efficiency of that process.