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Farming In The Arctic | Growing Vegetables In Freezing Temperatures

Is it possible to grow food in the cold at -30C? In the Arctic, Longyearbyen is the home to a little over 2000 inhabitants. To feed the transient workers that come and go with the seasons, as well as the long-term locals, most of its food is imported and waste exported. Known for its harsh temperatures and strong winds, Farming in the arctic is extremely difficult—let alone sustainably. But, it’s definitely possible. We traveled to the Arctic to see Benjamin Vidmar, the co-founder of Polar Permacultures, who grows his own microgreens and other vegetables in his Longyearbyen greenhouse dome.

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Published May 04 2023

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