Nearly a year after the ImpAct Climate Project began, Canadore College’s sustainable development team is calling their findings from a grow pod initiative a huge success. 

In 2022, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) chose Canadore to participate in the project along with 10 other schools across the country.

Jesse Russell, the North Bay college’s sustainable development project leader, said the aim was to develop methods and practices that could help rural and Indigenous communities deal with food security. They’d also try to come up with solutions for diverting greenhouse gasses through the displacement of fossil fuels.

The result, Russell said, was a test run at growing vegetables and herbs in Canadore College’s first “grow pod” —  a solar-powered, tiny house-like structure that contains both hydroponic and soil-grown pallets.

“This is the way forward,” Russell said.