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Keep it Cool: DIY Vegetable Storage for all Budgets

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Did you know that in the right conditions potatoes, carrots, cabbage and onions can be stored for over six months? Perhaps you raise a lot of produce and would like to eat your own harvest into the winter months. Or maybe you'd like to support a local farmer by buying bulk vegetables in the autumn. Either way, there’s lots to learn in the world of produce storage and it can be a fun journey to create a cold storage environment at home.

Attendees of this workshop will:

  • Learn the storage needs of over a dozen crops including winter squash, cabbage, potatoes, onions, shallots, beets, carrots, cabbage, garlic, and turnips.
  • Tour an in-ground root cellar at an area farm.
  • See photos and videos with descriptions of half a dozen different storage areas including in homes, in outbuildings and in the ground. The examples will range from completely passive with no additional energy inputs to examples that include tools to adjust temperature/ventilation/humidity.
  • Meet other people who have experimented with various storage techniques. 

The course will be led by M. “Flip” Filippi, Local Food Program Leader and co-operator of littleGrasse Community Farm. Flip is a certified Master Food Preserver and preserves over a 1,000 pounds of foods each season in a variety of ways including cold storage, canning, fermenting, freezing and dehydrating.

This course is part of Extension’s Homesteading for Everyone Series offering 1-3 workshops each month of 2024 to share skills and build community resilience.

Note: This workshop will begin in the front classroom at the Extension Learning Farm at 2043B Route 68 in Canton, and after a presentation the participants will drive 6 miles to an area diversified farm and tour their in-ground root cellar. The event ends after the tour.


$10-40, self-selecting sliding scale



Maria 'Flip' Filippi
Local Foods Program Leader & Harvest Kitchen Manager
315-379-9192 ext 229


Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
2043B State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617

Last updated July 9, 2024