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Cold-Climate Greenhouse Resource: A Guide for Designing and Building a Cold-Climate Greenhouse

Rader, Jody.

The purpose of this research and this guidebook is to document and highlight the successes and lessons learned by small growers across the Midwest who have designed and built cold-climate greenhouses, and are actively growing produce during the winter. The focus here is on the architecture, assembly, materials, and building techniques that have yielded efficient greenhouses. The goal is to provide simple, time-tested techniques, as demonstrated by modern growers within the region.

The Cold Climate Greenhouse Resource is divided into three sections:

  • Section I: Introduction This is a narrative of the research methodology along with motivations for cold climate greenhouse production.
  • Section II: Design Considerations Here, site factors such as orientation, priorities, documentation, and general space planning are discussed.
  • Section III: Greenhouse Components This section breaks down the building components of cold climate greenhouses and compares materials and technologies.
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Prepared in partnership with the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, the University of Minnesota Extension Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (SERSDP), and the Design for Community Resilience Program at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Rese)arch (CSBR) by the Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which is administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
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