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May 5, 2018 DWG Open House and Potluck at Lake City Catholic Worker Farm

The Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Lake City Catholic Worker Farm, and the Sustainable Farming Association invite you to a passive solar Deep Winter Greenhouse Open House and Potluck from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5th in Lake City. Review the flier for more information.

Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG) Research Convening held November 4, 2016

As the RSDP and project partners prepare to build DWGs over the next two years, the time to start planning projects and research ideas is underway. On November 4, 2016 the RSDP hosted a research convening made up of current DWG producers, prospective DWG producers, UMN staff and faculty, and other stakeholders. This group shared their past research with each other and brainstormed ideas for projects to address current DWG production needs. View the 2 hour long presentation here, download the presentation (PDF), or check out the overview document to see a list of research and project ideas.

Construction begins in statewide Deep Winter Greenhouse campaign


DWG construction begins at Organic Consumers Association in Finland. Photo by David Abazs.

Construction has begun on the first of five prototype DWGs being built around the state as part of the statewide DWG campaign. In spring 2016, an advisory group selected five partners to build prototype DWGs for research and outreach purposes. In exchange for support for building the prototype DWG, partners agreed to provide access to their DWG for University research projects, public workshops, and demonstrations for a period of three years. Events will be announced here and on social media channels.

The statewide DWG campaign is being conducted by the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) along with the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

Partners include the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Organic Consumers Association in Finland, Alternative Roots Farm in Madelia, and Lake City Catholic Worker Farm. Construction has begun on the Organic Consumers Association DWG, with others to follow in 2017. RSDP received more than 40 applications in response to the statewide DWG campaign, and an advisory committee selected one partner from each of RSDP's five regions in Greater Minnesota.

The campaign is made possible by support from the University's Institute on the Environment and a consortium of farm lending banks, including AgCountry Farm Credit Services, AgriBank, AgStar Financial Services, and United FCS. Mattson MacDonald Young provided the structural review and structural plans for the statewide DWG campaign prototype.

Support for RSDP’s DWG work has also been provided by the Bush Foundation, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, MnDRIVE, University of Minnesota Extension Block Grant, and Southwest RSDP.

Montevideo American-News talks with Researcher Dan Handeen of the College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Building Research about his DWG prototype.

Carol Ford shares her personal DWG journey with TEDxMinneapolis.

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