Ampersand's cold frame is usually the favorite stop on our site tours. If you have ever grown in one, you know that a cold frame is a season extender. It's a way to create a milder climate so that we can grow outside all year round.
Our cold frame is made out of an old shower door, it is sunken into the ground on the north and west sides and it is insulated along the walls. The north wall holds a stack of bottles filled with water, adding thermal mass to our design in order to further stabilize the temperatures.
It's important to open the cold frame in the morning and close it at night on sunny days. We don't want to turn our cold frame into a solar oven. We built a Passive Solar Cold Frame Tender which allows the sun to do this for us. Read more...
Ampersand is helping with
Earth Day 2014 Solar Cook-off!
Calling all amateur solar chefs to Santa Fe's Earth Day Solar Cook-Off at the Railyard! Bring your solar cooker and favorite recipe, and show off your talented and tasty collaboration with the sun! Every Santa Fe Earth Day participant will be invited to vote for their favorite solar chef set-up and dish throughout the day. Winner gets $100 cash prize!
Email Griet Laga (email@example.com) before April 18 to register.
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