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Per­ma­cul­tu­re: vege­ta­bles, fresh and tas­ty from the arc­tic

Modern life in the arc­tic is deman­ding con­si­derable resour­ces. Food stuffs are impor­ted over long distan­ces, which is cos­t­ly and burns a lot of fuel. Many visi­tors get a bit ner­vous when they see the pri­ces for food in the high north, and so-cal­led fresh vege­ta­bles are not always as fresh as you might want.

Food was­te is shred­ded and was­hed strai­ght into the fjord tog­e­ther with was­te water, altog­e­ther a gre­at was­te. Ano­t­her solu­ti­on would be high­ly desi­ra­ble, both from an envi­ron­men­tal and an eco­no­mic per­spec­ti­ve.

Thin­king local food in the arc­tic, most peop­le would pro­bab­ly have rein­de­er steaks on their mind, which is obvious­ly not the solu­ti­on. Local vege­ta­bles? Nega­ti­ve. Even the Rus­si­an (Sov­jet, back then) sett­le­ments Bar­ents­burg and Pyra­mi­den were, in a way, more advan­ced, with con­si­derable local pro­duc­tion in green­houses and sta­bles for cows, pigs etc., most of which have been aban­do­ned years ago.

But crea­ti­ve peop­le are working on solu­ti­ons to grow vege­ta­bles local­ly, fresh and envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly. A start up pro­ject cal­led Polar Per­ma­cul­tu­re Solu­ti­ons is deve­lo­ping tech­ni­ques in Lon­gye­ar­by­en for advan­ced green­houses to grow vege­ta­bles in per­ma­frost are­as without high ener­gy and water con­sump­ti­on. First tests are pro­mi­sing: accord­ing to Polar Per­ma­frost Solu­ti­ons, pars­ley, cori­an­der, basil, papri­ka, sum­mer squash, mini corn, oni­ons, let­tuce, tomatoes, egg­plant, red chi­li pep­pers and more have alrea­dy been grown suc­cess­ful­ly. Food was­te is used to pro­du­ce soil and fer­ti­li­zer with bio­lo­gi­cal tech­ni­ques (sounds bet­ter than worms, but that’s what it is)

Fresh, tas­ty, local pro­duc­tion and envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly – we are loo­king for­ward to see the fur­ther deve­lo­p­ment!

Fresh vege­ta­bles of local pro­duc­tion in Lon­gye­ar­by­en: so far an uto­pia, hope­ful­ly soon a rea­li­ty that makes a lot of sen­se for the envi­ron­ment and eco­no­my.

Polar Permaculture

Source: Polar Per­ma­cul­tu­re

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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