What does it take to grow plants here in Longyearbyen?
There are many challenges, limiting factors, variables and extremes to contend with when attempting to grow food here. This biome is known as the arctic desert. There is little, and poor, soil on the island and almost no trees above ankle height.
Our project is experimental in nature and we will test a number of scenarios to develop an understanding of our feasible operational parameters in this climate.
Human beings are soft fleshy bio-organisms and plants are similar lifeforms. We will devise a number of different strategies to create the right conditions for plant growth in terms of heat, light, humidity, fertility, and ventilation.