The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships are working with the University of Minnesota Dept. of Horticulture on a research project that will analyze several issues related to growing crops in the winter in Minnesota. RSDP is working with ‘Deep Winter Greenhouse’ operators as well as conventional greenhouses to test the conditions under which their crops are grown. Crops will also be grown in growth chambers at the U to identify conditions under which the crops grow best with controlled light, temperatures, and carbon dioxide.
Crops grown in the study will include kale, spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, and a mesclun mix. We will also be conducting economic analyses of the Deep Winter Greenhouses to determine startup costs, breakeven analyses, and examine the potential market for Deep Winter crops.
Following the conclusion of these studies, short courses will be offered around the state to provide opportunities for growers to learn about the results and techniques of the various production models.
If you are interested in receiving periodic updates on the progress of this study and have the ability to ask questions and provide feedback please contact Greg Schweser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-9706. To learn more about RSDP, visit its homepage.