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Root Cellar Design/Build

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Root Cellar Design/Build

Time: September 6, 2009 at 5pm to September 11, 2009 at 7pm
Location: Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Street: 7869 Main St
City/Town: Waitsfield
Website or Map: http://www.yestermorrow.org
Phone: 802-496-5545
Event Type: class, workshop
Organized By: Kate Stephenson
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2009

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Event Description

Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, VT is offering it’s first-ever hands-on 5-day Root Cellar Design/Build course coming up in September!

The class will be led by Chris Chaisson of Whole Farm Services, which employs ecological and regenerative principles to guide the design and craft of sustainable farms and the tools, infrastructure, machinery and practices necessary for them.

The class will work together to design and build a large root cellar, retrofitting in the lower level of an old barn with ferrocement, insulation and ventilation. The owner hopes to make the root cellar available to his friends and neighbors to use.

In the five-day course participants will learn elements of designing for passive cooling and humidity control, and apply them to the construction of a root cellar from the ground up. Students will participate in the hands-on construction of a subterranean ferro-cement root cellar with a complete dry food storage area. Designs for free-standing root cellars will also be covered. Participants will learn about site selection, passive cooling, thermal mass, ice batteries, raw food considerations, planning crops for food storage, design considerations for different applications, and retrofit opportunities and methodologies. The class is open to students of all levels.

The class starts on the evening of Sunday, September 6th and runs through Friday, September 11th. Tuition is only $750 and various discounts are available! Scholarships and work trade opportunities are also available to make the class affordable for anyone who’s interested.

You can see the full course description and schedule for the week, and register online at: http://www.yestermorrow.org/courses/mmbs/rootcellar.htm

Call Yestermorrow at 496-5545 to register or with any questions and please help us spread the word about this exciting new class.

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