Root Cellar Building Work Party and Potluck, May 28 and 29

Does anybody else have a basement that looks like this??

Next weekend we will witness the transformation of this humble space into a root cellar. Most of us are waiting anxiously to spend some  time in the sunshine these days and green thumbs are chomping at the bit to get their seeds into the ground.  Harvest season seems a long ways away!  However, spring is a great time to work on a plan for what you’re going to do with all those September and October veggies.    Using a little elbow grease in the beginning of the season to prepare a place for  cold storage can allow you to buy in bulk when everything’s in season, and if you grow your own vegetables, having a root cellar in place can go a long way to make harvest time less hectic.

We’ve been brainstorming about how to make our root cellar workshop more inclusive for those who may have time commitments or financial concerns about registration fees, so we’re changing things up!  We are now inviting  anyone interested in cold storage to participate in our Root Cellar Building Work Party next weekend!  Drop by and lend a hand for an hour or for a day.   There’s no cost – all we ask for is your enthusiasm and maybe some grub for a potluck lunch.

The schedule looks a little like this:

Day 1 – Saturday, May 28.  10:00am – 4:00pm
-Wall framing
-Door Installation
-Ventilation system build

Day 2 – Sunday, May 29.  10:00am – 4:00pm

-Earthen Floor and Earthen Plasters
-Install venting system
-Install lighting

Come by the EAC at 2705 Fern Lane wearing your work clothes and help us transform our basement!  We’ll start each day with a short  information session on the benefits and fundamentals of root cellars so come early if you’re interested in finding out more.  Feel free to bring your tools, but we’ll have lots to keep you busy if you come empty handed.  Send us an e-mail at foodaction@ecologyaction.ca to let us know if you’re interested in coming.  We hope to see you there.

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