Carol Ford

Carol Ford’s “small big idea” sparks solutions to food desert challenges in winter. Innovative design concepts, sun energy and incredible local produce = amassing personal and state-wide results. Time to get energized by fresh produce in winter’s heartland!

Carol Ford, with her late husband Chuck Waibel, built the Deep Winter Greenhouse in 2004. Ever since, scientists, gardeners, farmers, architects, and engineers have come together to marvel at this new model’s possibilities of sustainable deep winter farming. Recently, she has gained significant traction through additional funding, the University of Minnesota Extension, conferences, and the newly established Deep Winters Producers Association, all of which are dedicated to building the next DIY movement that could change the future of our food system and Minnesota’s place in it. Learn how to build your own by reading her recently published work, The Northlands Winter Greenhouse Manual.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at