Energy-efficient short-term cold storage for vegetables and herbs

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $7,276.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Linda Moist
Clan Stewart Farm

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: sunflower
  • Vegetables: beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture, marketing management, feasibility study
  • Production Systems: holistic management

    Proposal summary:

    Vegetable and herb farms need cold-storage facilities to maintain quality for sales to restaurants and other markets requiring superior products. This project will investigate the feasibility and profitability of modifying springhouses with high-efficiency insulation and solar-powered fans to create a high-humidity cold storage facility with consistent conditions. Outreach will be through field days and articles.

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