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Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:04 PM

Alaska town defies icy conditions to find creative solution to food shortage problems

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town 26 miles north of Alaska’s Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for boreal roots to take hold.

Amid these unforgiving conditions, a creative kind of farming is sprouting up in the largely Inupiat community of Kotzebue.

A subsidiary of a local Native corporation is using hydroponics technology to grow produce inside an insulated, 40-foot shipping container equipped with glowing magenta LED lights. Arctic Greens is harvesting kale, various lettuces, basil and other greens weekly from the soil-free system and selling them at the supermarket in the community of nearly 3,300.

“We’re learning,” Will Anderson, president of the Native Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp., said of the business launched last spring. “We’re not a farming culture.”

Read more: http://www.omaha.com/money/alaska-town-defies-icy-conditions-to-find-creative-solution-to/article_5881542b-36a9-592c-9c50-4238dc0661d5.html

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Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:21 PM

1. What a great idea.

They recycle unwanted shipping containers, maybe create some jobs, and provide a needed food source to their community. Hopefully they'll br profitable and expand their business.

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