Root Cellaring Class / Tour

  • October 27, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Root Cellaring Class / Tour with Lauren Winterholer & Craig Stephan.

Keeping in mind Permaculture Principle #3 to Obtain a Yield (Summer's Veggies!) and Permaculture Principle #2 to Catch and Store Energy (in the form of food in this case), we bring you this class on Building a Root Cellar in Your Own Home!

Now that you have grown lots of your own veggies, or found a local source to purchase them from, how do you make them last into our non-growing season here in the Northeast? One way is a root cellar - a place for keeping food supplies at a low temperature and steady humidity to keep from freezing during the winter and cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage.

Craig & Lauren created a root cellar in their home's basement, and will show it to you, with info on how it's been working for them, and how you can do it yourself. We can also check out their small scale homestead which includes gardens, fruit trees, chickens and more!

We are charging for this on a sliding scale of $5-15 payable at the event.

The 2013 Food Preservation Series is co-sponsored by NOFA-NH and the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group and includes: Cheese Making, Food Drying, Water Bath Canning, Everything Apple, Lactofermenting, & Root Cellaring.

 

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  • Lauren W.

    Who has the cold drawer in their kitchen? I'm forgetting now who was telling me about it, but I'd love to see a photo! I'm hatching and scheming a new project for our fridge-free kitchen :)

    November 2, 2013

  • Maya

    Yes thank you. Lauren, can you post the root cellaring "bible" that you spoke about. Thank you.

    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Lauren W.

      Yes! It's "Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables" by Mike and Nancy Bubel.

      November 2, 2013

  • Caroline R.

    Craig, Thanks for the details!
    After meeting Lauren & Craig I'm now learning about going 'fridge-free. So many great ideas, so much to learn and talk about!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Craig S.

    (Part 3 of 3)

    White Hard-Wired Ceiling Socket $1.47 1 $1.47

    1-Gang Handy Metal Electrical Box $0.98 1 $0.98

    15-Amp White Duplex Electrical Outlet $0.68 1 $0.68

    1-Gang Rectangle Metal Electrical Box Cover $0.62 1 $0.62

    4-in x 10-ft Solid PVC Sewer Drain Pipe $7.35 1 $7.35

    4-in Dia 90-Degree PVC Elbow Fitting $4.85 2 $9.70

    50-ft 14-2 Electrical Wire $21.47 1 $21.47 TOTAL $547.51

    November 1, 2013

  • Craig S.

    (Part 2 of 3)

    32-in x 80-in 6-Panel Prehung Inswing
    Steel Entry Door $[masked] $124.00

    10-ft x 100-ft Construction Film $59.98 1 $59.98

    concrete drill bit $8.27 1 $8.27

    10-Pack 1/2-in Lag Shields $10.97 1 $10.97

    Lag bolts $0.84 8 $6.72

    R-13 Fiberglass Insulation
    (32-ft L X 15-in W X 3-1/2-in D) $9.58 4 $38.32

    R-19 Fiberglass Insulation
    (7-ft 9-in L X 15-in W X 6-1/2-in D) $35.98 1 $35.98

    door handle $9.97 1 $9.97

    November 1, 2013

  • Craig S.

    (Part 1 of 3)

    Here is the material's list for the root cellar in our basement. The prices are today's prices at Lowe's.

    Cost/ea Qty Total
    Gypsum 1/2-in x 4-ft x 8-ft Mold,
    Moisture, and Fire Resistant Drywall Panel $12.97 12 $155.64

    Drywall Joint Compound $6.95 1 $6.95

    Drywall Tape $1.75 1 $1.75

    1-lb #6 x 1-1/4-in Bugle-Head
    Yellow Zinc Drywall Screws $6.47 2 $12.94

    1-lb #8 x 2-1/2-in Yellow Zinc Phillips
    Wood Screw $6.47 1 $6.47

    drywall dimpler $5.97 1 $5.97

    2x4x8 studs $2.57 20 $51.40

    2x4x8 studs, pressure-treated $3.57 3 $10.71

    November 1, 2013

  • Sara

    I appreciate the opportunity to learn how Lauren and Craig have made a Root Cellar a reality at their home. Gives me direction and enthusiasm to make it happen at my house!

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Caroline R.

    Great Tour. The information was very thorough and well presented.

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Lena M.

    It was very informative

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Julie E.

    So sorry for late cancellation. Have to work on this beautiful fall day. :-[

    October 27, 2013

  • Lisa O.

    Hi Amy, so sorry to pull out last minute but I can't make it today. Bummed...was really looking forward to it!

    October 27, 2013

  • cheryl k.

    Hi Amy, My husband I will not be able to attend tomorrow's event. Thanks

    October 26, 2013

  • Jan M.

    We are hoping to attend this tomorrow, but are having trouble signing up. Jan and John Martin from Antrim. [masked]

    October 26, 2013

    • Amy A

      You are all set & signed up now! See you tomorrow.

      October 26, 2013

  • Val W.

    Very unhappy I have to miss this.....have been waiting, but life sometimes throws a curve.

    October 26, 2013

  • Erin and Sam S.

    Two more spots opening - at the last minute we have a conflict, and sadly have to bow out. :(

    October 25, 2013

  • Lorrie O.

    I have to cancel out of Root Cellaring. Hope this gives someone else a chance to attend.

    October 25, 2013

  • Tricia

    Any room for two more?

    October 22, 2013

    • Lisa O.

      Tricia and Caroline, I'm in Eliot and would love to carpool. I can meet you at KTP if you are going south, or Eliot Commons if you are going thru Dover. [masked]-0252. Thanks!

      1 · October 24, 2013

    • Caroline R.

      Sounds good. I'll call Friday or Saturday to confirm logistics.

      1 · October 25, 2013

  • K. M.

    Sorry guys .... I can't make Sunday. I am student teaching on Saturday and the family won't see me all weekend otherwise. Hope someone can use the spot. Have fun!

    October 24, 2013

  • Carina M.

    Hey if anyone going to this meet up is from Dover or going through Dover please post here because I'm hoping to hitch a ride with someone as I do not drive! I will definitely give gas money too!

    October 12, 2013

    • Caroline R.

      Hi Carina, I live in Kittery and will be driving through Dover. I can give you a ride. What's the best way to contact each other?

      October 21, 2013

    • Carina M.

      My number is[masked] or you can email me at [masked] :) thank you so much!

      October 22, 2013

  • Bob

    Sorry folks. I need to be away this weekend.

    October 21, 2013

    • Amy A

      Sorry we won't see you, but thanks for letting us know with time for another to come!

      October 21, 2013

  • Amy

    I have a conflict that has come up; I need to change my RSVP. My loss is someone else's gain!

    October 13, 2013

    • Amy A

      Thanks for letting us know, Amy!

      October 13, 2013

    • K. M.

      Yes, thank you. :)

      1 · October 13, 2013

  • K. M.

    Has the opening been filled?

    October 13, 2013

    • Amy A

      Yes, a few spaces did open up so you can add a +1 to your rsvp and bring your roommate as well!

      October 13, 2013

    • K. M.

      I just asked him, he says he can't make it. Thank you though.

      October 13, 2013

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