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Canada: Plans for two geodesic greenhouse domes in Pangnirtung

Nathan Lawlor hopes to bring down the price of food in the community by growing it locally on a large scale, in greenhouses. Toronto resident Nathan Lawlor, who lived in the Baffin community between 2005 and 2008, hopes to raise enough money and interest to build two geodesic domes as greenhouses which he says could produce about 7,000 pounds per year of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, house plants and flowers.

“I just think the price of food up there is crazy,” Lawlor said. “Like with the freight charges, mark-ups and everything. All the fresh foods have to be flown in.” The 28-year-old former Nunavut resident said he became familiar with the high price of food as an associate manager with the North West Co. in Pangnirtung.

“Their mark-up practices were absolutely extreme,” he laughed. “So I think this project would be beneficial to the community, because it would provide them with more nutritional value for their diet.”

Lawlor’s plan calls for the construction of two geodesic greenhouse domes. Each is a spherical structure that would measure 42 feet in diameter, and house a 2,500 square-foot garden.

Costs to start up the project amount to $29,000, he said, which includes construction materials, shipping costs, construction costs, supplies and manpower.

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