SFA member Emmy Tolbert (at right with Sue Wika) recently wrote an article for the Stand for Food blog after attending an SFP Workshop on Deep Winter Greens at Sue and Tom Prieve’s Paradox Farm. Here’s an excerpt:
Have you ever dreamed of owning a “deep winter” greenhouse–one of those polycarbonate covered structures, with interiors that feel like spring and summer, surrounded by black gold(soil) and lettuce seeds that grow into many shades of glorious green? That once found, built, or structured, is a true treasure during our cold Minnesota winters?
Just imagine my joy when I received the last reserved spot in the “Deep Winter Production of Greens and Livestock Fodder Utilizing Passive Solar Energy” class held at Paradox Farms in Ashby, MN. Now sponsored by the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Sustainable Food Production instructors Tom Prieve and Sue Wika taught this class in a warm and cozy corner of their barn to thirteen energetic and excited students of various ages on a cold, blustery January day.
Prieve kicked off the morning with a tour of their deep winter greenhouse, where the students observed the unique practicality and benefit of this polycarbonate-covered structure. The pair of educators (a pair of docs) were inspired to build this greenhouse to fit their personal farm needs, to nurture their goals of being more self-reliant, and to foster the ethic of neighborhood supported agriculture.