Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Rainbow Heritage Garden

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When Zach Loeks and Kylah Dobson wanted a better way to store the fruits and vegetables that they produce, they set their sights low. Inspired by European wine and cheese caves, they carved a 600-square-foot root cellar into a nearby hillside. Excavated 16 feet below grade, the cellar takes advantage of cooler underground temperatures to keep their harvest fresh. To add a little extra refrigeration power, Loeks and Dobson harvest a hundred cubic feet of ice each February. The cellar can hold 20,000 pounds of produce, as well as 15 customers hungry for fresh veggies. Completed in 2011, their investment has already paid for itself. Today, spoilage rates at Rainbow Heritage Garden have dropped 90 per cent, while the farm's "Root Cellar Days" draw big crowds.

Creation Date: 14 November 2014
Last Reviewed: 14 November 2014