Fresh Local Produce in Arviat: The Social and Economic Impact of a Greenhouse in Arviat, Nunavut.

Authors: Julie Robertson*, Ryerson University
Topics: Food Systems, Social Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Arctic greenhouse, food insecurity, fresh produce
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 39
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In 2019 food insecurity impacted 8% of Canada’s overall population. However, in the Canadian Arctic food insecurity ranges from 38 % to 82% depending on the region and community. This research will measure the social and economic impact of two 42-foot geodesic dome greenhouses on the most vulnerable community members in Arviat, Nunavut. The preliminary research survey completed in June 2019 prior to the first harvest provides the baseline data to measure the influence that fresh locally grown produce has on the community’s members who receive it from June through September each year. The greenhouse is unique business model in the Arctic as the only Hamlet owned and operated greenhouse in which all food grown and harvested is provided gratis to the recipients. This research will measure the food secure status of the participants after they have benefitted from two growing seasons of fresh local produce.

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