River Roots Skills School Food Lab and Classroom

View of Entrance from the West
View of Entrance from the West
View of Interior of Greenhouse
View of Interior of Greenhouse

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River Roots Skills School Food Lab and Education Center

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanseboro, Minnesota


The River Roots Skills School Food Lab and Education Center is a cold-climate solar greenhouse. The primary use of the greenhouse at Eagle Bluff will be to grow produce during the dead of winter for educational purposes in conjunction with the River Roots Skills School. The project’s main goal is to teach participants how to grow common vegetables - to garden during the dormant season in a classroom that happens to be a cold-climate greenhouse!


The greenhouse will incorporate various sized containers, window boxes, backyard gardens, community gardens, raised beds, wicking beds, etc.


The project is intended to be a carbon neutral project with supplemental light and heat generated by on-site solar photo-voltaic panels. Heat will be harvested from the sun and stored in thermal mass and phase change materials within the growing space.


The project will include a head-house as the work center for the greenhouse operation that will provide educational space for various functions; such as potting, transplanting, initial processing, etc.


Additional space for soil preparation, vehicle access

, toilets, utility space, entry vestibule and an outdoor educational plaza will also be included in the project.


The design of the greenhouse shall incorporate best practices in environmentally responsible passive solar planning and design including but not limited to:

• Optimum solar orientation and sheltering

• Appropriate double or triple walled steep sloped glazing at south side

• Thermal mass and thermal storage systems/construction

• Super Insulation and Insolation construction and practices

• Considerations for night time insulation/insolation

• Watertight, vapor permeable air-sealed construction

• Ventilation (natural and assisted)

• Local, durable, recyclable and renewable materials

• Healthy, low/no VOC content materials, no toxins

• Carbon neutral



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These are preliminary images of the project created during the early design phase of the project. We will provide updated images as the design progresses and construction commences.

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