Agri-Arctic Yukon
Agricultural technology for Polar communities

Northern Food Insecurity

What is food insecurity and why is it happening?
What is Food Insecurity?

The Canadian North presently suffers from a lack of accessibility to high quality food and the non-traditional food that is available must be shipped from the south at great expense to northern retailers and residents.

Why is there Food Insecurity in the North?

The three keys to food security in the north are country foods, store bought foods and agriculture. Each have a role to play, but have not lived up to their potential.

Challenges for Northern Agriculture

Many agricultural technologies and methods developed in the south have difficulty dealing with northern realities.

Productive Agricultural Solutions?

Agri-Arctic will be applying its research, systems and technology to the development of agricultural operations in harsh environments.

  • Aurora Research Institute

    The Aurora Research Institute has awarded Choice North Farms (PolarEgg) in partnership with Agri-Arctic, an Aurora Research Institute Research Fellowship Program Award. This is in support of the PoultryPonics Project that will be conducted in Hay River, NWT beginning in the spring of 2017.

    As the research division of Aurora College, Aurora Research Institute (ARI)’s mandate is to improve the quality of life for NWT residents by applying scientific, technological and indigenous knowledge to solve northern problems and advance social and economic goals.

    Aurora Research Institute
  • Yukon Research Centre – Cold Climate Innovation

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    Cold Climate Innovation (CCI) provide and arranged for financial support for the AgriDome Feasibility Study” that was conducted at Yukon College from January, 2015 to January, 2016.

    Cold Climate Innovation is focused on the development, commercialization and export of sustainable cold climate technologies and related solutions for subarctic regions around the world. CCI supports the partnership between applied scientific researchers, industry and government dedicated to addressing cold climate issues affecting northerners.

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    Yukon Research Centre – Cold Climate Innovation
  • Growing Forward 2 Program – Yukon Agriculture

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    Yukon Agriculture made funds available through the Growing Forward 2 program for the AgriDome Feasibility Study that was conducted from January, 2015 to January, 2016.

    The intent of Growing Forward 2 is to achieve a profitable, sustainable, competitive and innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry that is market-responsive, anticipates and adapts to changing circumstances, and is a major contributor to the well-being of Canadians.

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    Growing Forward 2 Program – Yukon Agriculture
  • Hydeaway Domes in Whitehorse

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    Based in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Hydeaway Domes provided the dome that was used for the AgriDome Feasibility Study that was conducted from January, 2015 to January, 2016.

    Hydeaway Domes are patented, revolutionary, portable shelters, made of a high-tech aerospace composite material, and cutting edge HD plastic. These domes are energy smart and able to be assembled and disassembled in no time.

    Built to sustain hurricane strength winds or earthquakes and insulated to stay warm in extreme arctic sub-zero degree weather or cool in hot desert climates, these structures can be assembled in just a few hours by three untrained people. The pieces can fit in the back of a pick up truck, single helicopter sling, or a bush cargo plane and can be set up on almost any terrain.

    These shelters are ideal for research needs, storage, recreational rooms, or low-income housing and they would also be amazing for outfitters, sledders, backcountry enthusiasts and garden suites. A perfect solution to the Yukon’s housing problem!

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    Hydeaway Domes in Whitehorse
  • PolarEgg

    PolarEgg is supporting the PoultryPonics Demonstration project in Hay River, NWT.

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About Agri-Arctic

Innovative and practical food security solutions for polar regions
Enabling Agricultural Technology

for Polar Environments

Northern Canadian and other Arctic communities are suffering from a food security crisis that is characterized by unreasonably high food prices, a lack of variety and an absence of quality. At the heart of the problem are food shipments that must travel thousands of kilometres over the course of many days and weeks to reach these remote communities. Although most of these communities have historically been able to sustain themselves with local food resources, there hasn’t yet been any widespread agriculture capable of meeting their needs on a reliable basis.

Agri-Arctic is dedicated to promoting local food production in these communities and anywhere that harsh environments present an obstacle to the development of agriculture. Since 2011, we have been developing innovative technologies and integrative methods that are capable of reducing the high cost of inputs, simplifying production and meeting the needs of remote communities with a variety of agricultural products.

Fundamental to our engineering and agricultural philosophy is that no single technology, no matter how innovative, will be able to meet the diverse needs of people living in harsh environments. Agricultural production must be combined with ecological concepts that take advantage of the natural cycling that occurs between different production systems. This allows for the reduction of the need for power and external nutrients while producing the variety of foods required for remote communities or research stations in harsh environments.

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