Longyearbyen is not the world’s most northernmost place where humans dwell. However it’s the world’s northernmost town, by very far, or maybe it’s even a small city of 2500 residents. Shortly half are norwegian, the rest international. The local airport can land Dreamliner aircrafts. The offer of cafes, bars, restaurants and fine dining options can not, per capita, even be matched by Oslo, Bergen Trondheim, Stavanger and Tromsø. The capitol and regional centres of Norway.
On the backside, food, save some fish fished by locals on a hobby basis, and meat delivered by the few who take seasons as traditional trappers, all comes from overseas areas. By that meaning mainland Scandinavia, but also Peru, New Zealand and other far away places.
In earlier, coalmining, days there was simple farming and experimenting with agriculture on Svalbard, both in Norwegian and Soviet settlements. Today Polar Permaculture is in the forefront of what locally produced food can be in a high artic environment. If not inventors, Polar Permaculturec is among the reinventors of sustainability in such regions.
Join Florida born chef and foodie Benjamin with son Amir to a mindopening experience to what can be grown in even the harshest of environments. On the whole a visit is an inspiring trip with a mix of enthusiasm, knowledge and theories. See their maggots, and understand.
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