A very interesting article about growing food in Svalbard, a spot midway between the north of Norway and the North Pole. The article features Ben Vidmar, founder of Polar Permaculture.
Through Polar Permaculture, he aims to solve one of the biggest headaches of life at 78 degrees north: obtaining fresh food while reducing waste. However, deciding to do something about the problem and making that happen are two very different things. The headaches are many. Average temperatures – while rising fast – are low year-round. In the winter there is no direct sunlight for four months, and no light at all for more than two of those. Even at the height of summer, mountaintops surrounding the settlement are topped with snow.