Arctic Greenhouse Can Help Canadians Learn About Growing Food In Space


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Bronx, United States, Aug 14, 2020, 06:00 /Comserve / -- The two women are actually technicians or guardians of a new solar and wind-powered greenhouse that their community named “Naurvik” which means “the growing place” in Inuinnaqtun.

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Canada, 12 Aug. 2020 -- Outside Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, one can observe rows of cherry tomatoes ripening and working to turn from green to red. Susie Kununak and Betty Kogvik are responsible for making sure that the tomatoes receive all the warmth and light they need despite the darkness of the winter outside. This will be the second harvest from the community’s new agricultural research station.

The two women are actually technicians or guardians of a new solar and wind-powered greenhouse that their community named “Naurvik” which means “the growing place” in Inuinnaqtun.

This greenhouse is basically a hydroponic sea can station where the community has been growing vegetables since the last fall. Now, the federal space agency is hiring trainers who will work alongside with the Nunavut community to help create a curriculum for space-related food research.

Matthew Bamsey, who is an engineer with the Canadian Space Agency talk about wanting to bring the inspiration of space exploration and space technology to Nunavut. He mentions how the technology used by the community to grow food will now help scientists learn how to grow fresh food more efficiently for astronauts, potentially even on the moon.

Bamsey talks about maximizing the green stuff that one can get with the smallest amount of resources. There can be a lot learned between growing food on the ground and in space.

The Canadian Space Agency is increasingly interested in the concept of food production, something that follows its last strategic plan adopted in 2019.

The Government of Canada intends to explore different ways to strengthen food security in Canada, including that of the North, while using the lessons learned to help astronauts grow food, he specifies.

It is the intention of the Government of Canada to explore different techniques and ways to strengthen food security in Canada, including that of the North. All this needs to be done along with learning lessons that can help astronauts grow food.

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