Haywood Community College recently received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services called, “Geothermal Chilling for WNC Farmers.” This $50,000 grant will be used to develop and install a demonstration geothermal precooling facility for Western North Carolina crops.

The installation is being designed by Reece, Noland, and McElrath, Engineers Inc. RN&M have extensive geothermal experience. The installation is focused on increasing the short shelf life of perishable crops by cooling them as soon as they are harvested.

Geothermal chilling is a durable and low maintenance technology. It is economical and environmentally friendly. HCC will demonstrate this technology to local farmers and offer options to use at their own locations. The Mountain Research Station has agreed to provide a location for the geothermal installation.

HCC is offering a course, “Basics of Geothermal Technology” on Tuesdays beginning October 8 through Tuesday, October 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Cost of the class is $70. For more information, call 627-4505 or visit www.haywood.edu to register.

For more information about geothermal chilling at HCC, please call 627-4636.