The challenge of growing food in a region where the average temperatures are subfreezing, and where there are nearly 4 months of polar night, is no simple task. Here are some of our solutions:
Indoor Hydroponic and Aeroponic Systems
Our indoor hydroponic garden utilizes the innovative and efficient “easy2grow” AutoPot Watering System. This set-up requires no power or pumps and is completely gravity-fed. The water is fed directly into the pots eliminating wasted water.
The aeroponic garden grows plants without the use of a soil or aggregate material, using water to transmit nutrients.
In this garden we have grown: parsley, coriander, basil, paprika, summer squash, mini corn, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, red chili peppers, and more.
We utilize a type of worm bin called Worm Inn to process our food scraps and create great soil for our plants. We currently host 2 types of worms in our Worm Inns: Red Wrigglers that stay shallow and the Super Reds that dig deeper. We started with 1500 Red Wrigglers and 250 Super Reds. The bins are very productive.
In addition to using our own food scraps, we partner with a local pub to collect and utilize their food waste, reducing the amount of waste they have to ship off the island, which can get very expensive. Then we sell our fresh produce back to the pub, helping them reduce their food-miles.
We currently host 2 types of worms in our Worm Inns.