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RSDP Happenings - Focus: Deep Winter Greenhouses get their day in the sun

December 2014

By Greg Schweser, RSDP Associate Director for Sustainable and Local Food

Carol Ford

Carol Ford tends crops in her deep winter greenhouse with Alma Jorgenson in Milan, MN (photo: Kathy Draeger).

RSDP is increasingly involved with local food production through deep winter greenhouses (DWGs), small scale passive solar greenhouses that use thermal mass design to retain heat. Here are a few highlights:

RSDP's work in deep winter greenhouses reflects how we connect local communities in Greater Minnesota with the resources and capabilities of the University of Minnesota. As we did with farm-to-institution programs and clean energy programs a decade ago, we are dreaming big about the potential for fresh local food throughout the winter, throughout Minnesota, with DWGs playing an important role.

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