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Public invited to open house at Deep Winter Greenhouse 2.0

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Friday, September 8, 2017

The Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and Bemidji Community Food Shelf will host a public open house as the Deep Winter Greenhouse Prototype 2.0 finishes construction. 

The open house will be held on Saturday, September 30, from 1-4 p.m. at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf Farm, 1260 Exchange Avenue SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. The event includes Deep Winter Greenhouse presentations (1 p.m.), a ribbon cutting and tour (1:30 p.m.), and self-guided tours and a question-and-answer period (2 p.m.). The event is free to the public. RSVPs are requested at z.umn.edu/DWG_RSVP. “Deep Winter Greenhouses represent a future of local foods that will come from innovations to expand markets and the production season,” said Greg Schweser, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems for the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP). 

The open house is part of a statewide Deep Winter Greenhouse project led by the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP). RSDP is working with five producers and community groups across Minnesota to field test a prototype design of a passive solar greenhouse that enables farmers to produce crops throughout the winter. The prototype was designed in collaboration with the University of Minnesota College of Design Center for Sustainable Building Research. 

RSDP provides information and resources on Deep Winter Greenhouses on its Deep Winter Greenhouse resource page: https://z.umn.edu/deepwintergreenhouse 

Support for this project has been provided by the University of Minnesota Extension; MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures; University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment; University of Minnesota Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; BFG Supply; Mattson, MacDonald, Young Structural Engineers; AgCountry Farm Credit Services; Agribank; and AgStar. 

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Contact

Greg Schweser 

schwe233@umn.edu, 612-625-9706 

Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

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