Here is a portfolio of projects we have work on all over the world.
Longyearbyen School Farming project
Sept 2016- April 2018
We are working with the fourth and ninth grades to teach them the following: Composting with worms, growing food, and how to be more sustainable in the "northern most" town in the world. All solid waste in Longyearbyen is shipped back to the mainland, but all organic waste is dumped into the sea. Hopefully with the youth learning how to compost and grow their own food, we will be able to reduce the amount of organic waste we are dumping into the sea in the coming years.
Both classes came to visit our farm, and toured our facilities
We explained and demonstrated worm composting with both classes, and set up systems in each classroom.
We had the students plant seeds, and start to grow them under LED lights.
We waited two weeks, and then tranplanted everything that has grown into pots. The students sifted our their worm castings, and incorporated that into the growing media as well.
Mar - Apr 2018
Students grew there own food,and we had a celebration dinner using all of the items we grew. The whole point of this was to connect the students back to the gardnen, and teach them how nature has been doing things for millions of years.
Arctic farming and Circular economy project
Jan 2015 - Present
What started as a humble attempt for chef Benjamin L. Vidmar to produce the freshest food on the island has turned into an attempt to make Longyearbyen, Svalbard one of the most sustainble towns in the world. Benjamin was head chef at Svalbar Pub, and dissappointed with the quaility of produce that was sent to the island. He decided to grow his own, and started working with hydroponics in the lab downstairs of Coal Miner's Cabins hotel. Benjamin was able to grow edible flowers, lettuce, tomatoes, and many other items, but decided to change his strategy after he learned that all organic waste was dumped into the sea untreated. Benjamin thought about creating a circular economy where biological waste was captured and then processed into biogas and compost. These waste streams would be converted to heat, electricity, and fertilizer that could be used to grow more food. Presently Polar Permaculture is growing microgreens, raising quails for eggs, lettuce, herbs such as basil and coriander, sprouts, and soon will begin producing biogas from all organic waste.
Partnership initiatives” Coordinator in the project “The temple of the ancestral heritage - Preservation, restoration and exhibition of "St. Nativity ofthe Virgin "- Milanovo village, Svoge municipality.
Polar Permaculture took part in the following activities:
1. Participation in the first partner meeting in Sofia, Vratsa and Milanovo – 21-24 august 2015. During the visit we presented the main activities of our organization and expertise to the partners, media and local authorities. We visited the office of the partner organization Vrachasnki Balkan Nature park Administration and the church St. Nativity of the Virgin " in Milanovo village (before the restoration). We made pictures and after our visit we published information for the project and its aims on the internet site of Polar permaculture. We shared information also by official facebook page of the organization.
2. Preparation and participation in Festival “Traditions and ancestral memory” - 12-15 October 2016 in Milanovo village. During the preparation period, we made research for potential participants in festival and prepared the presentation program of the Norway culture. During the festival we presented traditional costumes, customs and food, typical for Norway. Four participants from Norway took part in the “Traditions and ancestral memory”. During the festival we made videos and pictures, which we shared in the facebook page of the organization.
3. Disseminationed all of the results. All English materials (brochure for the project and brochure for the church "St. Nativity ofthe Virgin ") have been disseminated to the local community and tourists in Spitsbergen, through the hotels, tourist points, public events. Information for the festival “Traditions and ancestral memory” – videos and pictures have been published in the internet site of the organization and in the facebook page.
4. Management and coordination of the project – we have prepare in the reporting documents, timesheets in time. During the project duration we kept close contact with the project manager concerning the smooth running of the project activities.