An American growing vegetables in the Arctic Circle

Benjamin Vidmar, an American chef from Florida, has decided to take up the challenge of growing fruit and vegetables in Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitzberg, Norway, the northernmost and last inhabited town before the North Pole. With his Polar Permaculture project, he hopes to prove that access to quality food is possible, even in extreme conditions. 

The polar climate of the area, where average temperatures can reach −21°C in the winter, forces the town to import 100% of the food it consumes.

Thanks to permaculture, Benjamin Vidmar was able to develop a self-sufficient and sustainable farm to supply the population with fruit and vegetables, with the construction of a geodesic sphere that captures solar heat and redirects it to the fruit and vegetables.

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