Geothermal energy key to year-round cultivation in Iceland

The geothermal powered Fridheimar greenhouses in Iceland are owned and operated by husband and wife Knutur Rafn Armann and Helena Hermundardottir, who live nearby. In 1995, they happened upon two vacant neighboring farms and decided to put their expertise in horse breeding and horticulture to good use. Fridheimar, an Icelandic word which roughly translates to “world peace,” began with two old greenhouses and a few varieties of tomatoes and sweet bell peppers.

The Icelandic climate is not conducive to traditional agricultural methods, so much of the country’s produce is shipped in from growing regions in Italy or Britain, or cultivated in state-of-the-art greenhouses like those used at Fridheimar.

Thanks to the use of natural geothermal energy, Fridheimar’s greenhouses are able to produce four varieties, along with cucumbers, year round.

Click here for the complete portait of the grower on the Boston Globe.

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