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Kale in the Canadian Arctic: Inside an igloo greenhouse that could inspire fresh food production in the North

qunatRyerson University student Ben Canning founded a group called Growing North, which built a cutting edge greenhouse on the Arctic Circle in Naujaat, Nunavut. (Havard Gould/CBC News)

Facility could cut vegetable costs in half for hamlet on the north shore of Hudson Bay

By Havard Gould
CBC News
Jul 29, 2016


Ben Canning plucked a green leaf from a young kale plant and carefully placed it in a clear plastic bag.

After nearly three years of work, the 21-year-old Ryerson University student was harvesting the first crop from an innovative greenhouse built right on the Arctic Circle, an igloo-shaped structure he hopes will be the first of many in northern communities.

“The goal is to reduce the cost of fresh food,” he said. “For me, it’s a bit of a personal mission.”

Canning founded a group called Growing North, which worked with the community in Naujaat, Nunavut, to build the greenhouse. Donors covered the $150,000 cost.

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See also: Students Develop Innovative Solution to Reduce Food Insecurity in Nunavut