Frequently Asked Questions

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a system of design that takes the earth, people, and available resources into consideration when designing systems. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our page about Permaculture.

Where is Svalbard?

Svalbard is home to the northern-most permanently inhabited town in the world, Longyearbyen, and has a long history of various industries such as whaling, mining, and research. It’s about 78 degrees north and about a 3-hour  flight north from Oslo. While part of the Kingdom of Norway, it is in some cases separate from Norway itself. Check out our page about Svalbard to learn more.

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What do you do and why?

We use Permaculture and eco-design to come up with creative solutions to the problems we face here in town. We are also most concerned with food here on the island, because all food is shipped up. After the food is consumed, all waste are either fed to garbage disposals and eventually flushed out into the sea or sent back to the mainland. As you can imagine, this isn’t sustainable at all. In order to change this, we are presently using composting worms and turning organic waste into vermi castings. To read more about what we do, check out our page dedicated to it!

Is it legal?

Yes! We waited about two years to get all permits in place before we could start doing this work and have permission from the Norwegian Environmental Agency to use our worms here in Longyearbyen. We make sure that we do everything correctly and follow all laws. We also hope to one day expand to livestock such as chickens, rabbits, and pigs.

When does your greenhouse arrive?

We’re expecting our greenhouse to arrive in February from Arctic Domes in Alaska. Due to the strict regulations with importing wood, it was very difficult for us to get the greenhouse approved to be shipped here. We’re very grateful to James and everyone at Arctic Domes for helping us with all the necessary paperwork. We look forward to welcoming them in February as well as they are coming to help with the installation.

Why do you collect organic food waste?

We need organic food waste in order for our team of worms to process it and turn it into the best natural fertilizer. Vermi castings are very important to plants and has just about everything they need to thrive.

Can I work with you?

Sure you can! Please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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