It all starts with an idea.
Canada. The great north. A high-tech industrial society with one of the highest standards of living in the world. But there is a very different picture that is painted for many people living in the northern arctic communities of Canada. On a visit to a rural community in Nunavut, we were shocked to find out that many Canadians do not enjoy the basic liberties that most of us often take for granted - access to fresh and affordable food. With prices that are nearly double than what they are in southern Canada, we decided to take action.
Sustainable Food Production
We provide greenhouse infrastructure to enable communities to provide locally grown produce to their families at a fraction of the price. The geodesic greenhouse design can withstand the harsh arctic conditions providing habitable growing conditions for plants. Within this structure we integrate vertical and modular Agro-technology. This allows us to reduce our carbon foot print, use 90% less water than traditional farming, and increase our yields 3-4X.
By working with the local community we ensure that the needs of the community are met. We make sure that the greenhouse is integrated into the community through participation, partnering with local organizations, and including the operations of the Arctic team. Growing North is continuously adapting to the social and economic needs of its community while maintaining the environment. We have started initiatives such as the Women's Collective, where local women come to gather to sew traditional goods and cook to sell to the community. The profits are returned to the women, supporting entrepreneurial leadership.
Growing North focuses on long term sustainability through our work by ensuring social, environmental, and economic in our efforts and methods for the community. Sustainable operations include collaborating with the community by including the locals, school board, and privatized businesses in providing locally grown food to the community. The development of "green jobs", working with the community and a multi-pronged approach in our operations has contributed to the overall sustainability of the project. We strive to bring sustainable and fresh, locally grown produce to the community.