James Nisly hosted a root cellar workshop on his farm October 16th. The workshop featured his in progress 3000 square foot root cellar. James is a true advocate for local food, and is building this large structure with the goal of storing product for other farmers in the community to ramp up off season offerings of local farm products significantly.
The workshop covered: collaborative storage, marketing, distribution, post-harvest handling of storage crops, financing, construction, climate monitoring instruments, and what other farms around the country are doing for commercial winter storage.
|Field day attendees hear about construction of the root cellar while looking in on the site.|
|A glimpse inside of the root cellar-to-be|
|The deck above the root cellar will eventually have multiple uses, including greenhouse production|
|ISU Extension Specialist Patrick O’Malley showed how to take a soil core sample. He explained how soil health relates to post harvest quality and storage life.|
|Lunch included delectable organic greens grown by James|