Is it possible to grow food locally and ethically in the Arctic? As the northern-most town in the world, 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, it’s nearly impossible to grow food locally in Svalbard—let alone sustainably. But, it’s definitely possible.
The team with Food Unfolded 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.