A Specialty Crops Grant Project
This site is documentation for a SARE Grant Project called - Increasing Food Distribution with Winter Storage of Specialty Crops

Welcome to Root Cellar Project

Thanks to a SARE Grant this project was made possible. Holly Hock Farms and Cedar Creek Gardens were awarded a grant called – “Increasing Food Distribution with Winter Storage of Specialty Crops”

Grant Abstract

Many rural communities have limited access to healthy food choices. This is especially true in the winter months. What is desperately needed is having a place to store quantities of food for winter food distribution.

We would like to exhibit environmentally friendly ways to address storage issues. Two alternative storage areas will be demonstrated by recycling an unused grain bin and an abandoned cistern, turning each into a root cellar.

Root cellars are an ideal way to store food, keeping it from freezing in the winter months, and keeping it cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage. The ground surrounding root cellars provides a natural geothermal barrier which keeps food supplies at a safe temperature and steady humidity

Many homesteads have cisterns that are no longer being used. Changes in grain storage requirements have left many smaller grain bins abandoned. Recycling these items will demonstrate economical ways to extended post harvest storage.

Using natural geothermal to heat and cool is an economical way to store crops.
Using root cellars will reduce distribution costs, and make locally grown specialty crops available all year.

“Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there.”
-Bernice Fitz-Gibbon