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Minnesota farmers have the blueprints to keep growing year round

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LAKE CITY, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Farmers around the state of Minnesota now have the ability to grow crops during the winter.

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new greenhouse that absorbs heat and sunlight and turns it into a warm environment that allows farmers to continue growing crops in harsh winter conditions.

The Lake City Catholic Worker Farm is one of five farms in the state selected to try out the Deep Winter Greenhouse initiative for sustainable building efforts.

University researchers are excited to see the product in use on Minnesota farms.

"We are envisioning new ways of producing crops in Minnesota all winter long. So we really think that people could be growing their own food all year round in Minnesota. You know, regardless of whether there's snow up to here, I think it's a really fascinating thing, people are really interested and excited about it," said Sustainable Local Foods Director, Greg Schweser.

The Lake City Greenhouse is still just a prototype and blueprints can be found here.

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