Sustainable Architecture

Think Small

Heat with the Sun

Keep your Cool

Use Renewable Energy

Conserve Water

Use Local Materials

Use Natural Materials

Save our Forests

Recycle Materials

Build to Last

Grow your Food

Store your Food

Share Facilities

Store Your Food

This door next to our refrigerator leads into our pantry.

Let nature keep your food cool. In the old days people relied on pantries and root cellars to help keep produce and other provisions fresh. Ice boxes made way for refrigerators, which are obviously much more convenient, but somehow the use of cool pantries and root cellars also fell by the wayside. This is too bad because these spaces havefunctions that a refrigerator simply can't

The temperature in the pantry ranges between about 40 and 60 degrees F. year round.

replace. Root cellars can store large quantities of produce from the time of harvest until the next summer. Cool pantries can store some produce, but also all manner of other foodstuffs and kitchen supplies can be kept there. Cool, dry storage is the best way to preserve most food. The cool of the earth can keep a totally bermed pantry or root cellar cool; the night air can also be used to cool a storage room. The convenience and security of having ample provisions at your fingertips can not be beat.

From the outside, the pantry just looks like a mound of earth. Notice the air vents to the right and at the top.






The Lost Art of Root Cellars
and Pantries

Karl's Root Cellar

Hybrid Pantry Concept


with Kelly Hart

Root Cellars
Cool Pantries
















by Tim Buxbaum, 2014

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The Prepper's Pantry:
Building and Thriving
with Food Storage

by Anne Land, 2012


Root Cellars in America:
Their History, Design,
and Construction 1609-1920

James Gage, 2012


Food in Jars:
in Small Batches Year-Round

by Marisa McClellan, 2012


Homesweet Homegrown:
How to Grow, Make and Store Food, No Matter Where You Live

by robyn Jasko, 2012


Jean Anderson's Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables
and Fruits

Jean Anderson, 2012


The Everything Root Cellaring Book: Learn to store, cook, and preserve fresh produce
all year round!

by Abbot Catherine, 2011


The Complete Guide
to Your New Root Cellar:
How to Build an Underground Root Cellar and Use It
for Natural Storage
of Fruits and Vegetables

by Julie Fryer, 2011
Kindle Edition


Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors
for the Modern Pantry

by Liana Krissoff, 2010


The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar: Canning, Freezing, Drying, Smoking
and Preserving the Harvest

by Jennifer Megyesi and Geoff Hansen, 2010


The Complete
Root Cellar Book:
Building Plans, Uses
and 100 Recipes

by Steve Maxwell and Jennifer MacKenzie, 2010


The Beginner's Guide
to Preserving Food at Home:
by Janet Chadwick, 2009


Independence Days:
A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

by Sharon Astyk, 2009

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Preserving Food
Without Freezing or Canning
by Gardeners & Farmers
of Terre Vivante, 2007

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The Pantry
by Catherine Seiberling Pond, 2007


How and Why to Build
a Wine Cellar

by Richard M. Gold Ph.D., 2007


The Solar Food Dryer:
How to Make Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator

by Eben Fodor, 2006

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All About Wine Cellars
by Howard G. Goldberg, 2004


Where's the Wheat?
Food Storage
Your Family Will Eat

by Juli Brown, 2003


Home Food Dehydrating: Economical "Do-It-Yourself" Methods for Preserving, Storing & Cooking
by Jay Bills, Shirley Bills, 1999


Keeping Food Fresh:
Old World Techniques
& Recipes

by Claude Aubert, 1999


Your Guide
to Emergency Home Storage

by Alan K. Briscoe, 1999


Food Storage for the Clueless
by Clark L. Kidd, Kathryn H. Kidd, 1999


Cold Storage
for Fruits & Vegetables:
Storey Country Wisdom

by John Storey, Martha Storey, 1997


Food Storage Stbility
by Irwin A. Taub, R. Paul Singh, 1997


The Busy Person's
Guide to Preserving Food:
Easy Step-by-Step Instructions for Freezing, Drying,
and Canning

by Janet Chadwick, 1995


Putting Food By
by Janet Greene, 1992


How to Dry Foods
by Deanna Delong, 1992


Root Cellaring:
Natural Cold Storage
of Fruits and Vegetables

by Mike and Nancy Bubel, 1991


Build Your Own
Underground Root Cellar

by Phyllis Hobson, 1983


David Knapp's Hybrid Pantry Concept
Drawn by Leonard Jones, P.E.

The wall on the left is a tire wall for our 10,000 gallon cistern (round, insulated on outside pantry wall side). The bags on the right are filled with local sandy soil. The bags above are filled with scoria. The pantry will be covered in 3 layers of 4 - 6 mill plastic before backfilling with local soil. Not shown in the berm 12 inches from the surface is a 12 inch layer of scoria and another vapor barrier. That should keep the berm a bit warmer for us in winter and the pantry should stay closer to that 45F-55F ideal (in theory).


tribwatch.com extensive article about root cellars

howtogardenadvice.com has detailed information about how to dehydrate vegetables.

chelseagreen.com Eliot Coleman's tips for creating a root cellar.

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