Northern Farming and Food Systems

Across the North, communities are working to strengthen existing food systems in the North in ways that are place-based, grounded in community values, and guided by Indigenous knowledges.

Below is a growing list of Northern farms and farming groups in North America (and beyond) that we are learning from, and with. Have any additional resources to contribute to this list? Let us know!

The Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) is an experiential farm school that provides immersive training aimed to empower people through local food. NFTI supports a vibrant regenerative landscape while building productive local farms and thriving, resilient communities.

NFTI provides a very thorough resource section on their website that details what we should focus on for building food security among northern and isolated communities, background information on regenerative agriculture.

The Yukon Agricultural Association supports Yukon producers in developing a way of life and an industry that provides the Yukon’s needs for agricultural goods and services that can be produced in the Territory.

The Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society is a not-for-profit organization established in 2001 by residents who wished to build and operate a community greenhouse. The community greenhouse officially opened in 2007. All produce goes to the Qajukturvik Community Food Centre

Tbe Inuvik Community Greenhouse was established in 1998 when volunteers transformed an old arena into a fully functioning greenhouse. This space is used by locals who pay a small fee to rent one of over 170 garden plots. They have dedicated plots for Elders, group homes, children’s groups, the local food banks, and more. The second floor of the greenhouse is a commercial space, and everything produced in that space is sold to cover operating costs.

Check out their resources section for information, tips, and tricks on gardening!

Polar Permaculture is a farm located near the north pole in Longyearbyen, Norway. Led by Chef Benjamin L. Vidmar, Polar Permaculture is driven by the principals of earth care, people care, and fair share. They grow local food with the aim of making fresh produce accessible to everyone in their community.

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