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I recall my grandparents rootI recall my grandparents root cellar in the basement of their home. They built the home in 1968 in central michigan. Grandpa was a carpenter by trade. Born in 1909 & 1914, they new how to live before rural elictrification. They always had a large garden; probably a couple acres. Their root cellar was located in the south west corner of the basement,(not the North-East), insulated with fiber board and framed in plywood. It was vented as described above. Inside was a variety of produce from the garden that would stay preserved through winter and much into spring. There were wood shelves, but all in all it, wasn't that complicated. What was once common knowledge and life an hundred years ago, is now a great mystery to many: God help us if we should ever lose the power grid!

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