What is Polar Permaculture?
We aim to grow local food here near the north pole, and make fresh produce accessible to everyone in our community. The Polar Garden was established here in Longyearbyen in 2013.
Polar Permaculture evolved out of the need for Chef Benjamin L. Vidmar to have the freshest, locally grown produce in the northern most town of Longyearbyen. He has been working to grow food in Longyearbyen since 2013 while he was working as head chef of Svalbar Pub. During his time there, he also began experimenting with composting and using it to reduce shipments of fertilizers from the mainland.
“If we can do this project here near the north pole, then it can be done anywhere!”
— Benjamin L. Vidmar, FOUNDER
Vidmar is from a foodie family and grew up in Cleveland, OH in the USA. He is a chef first, and his hope with the Polar Garden is to increase the availability of locally grown food and reduce the 100% import of food from mainland Norway. Polar Permaculture has recently completed a Feasibility study with EBF in Germany and is now seeking funding to scale up the operation.
We are determined to make Longyearbyen more sustainable by growing as much local food as possible, and also composting much of the organic waste. We also want to reduce our consumption of single use plastic, and work to be a zero waste company.
The percentage of local greens we want to produce by 2021
The percentage of local greens we want to produce by 2030
The percentage of food we presently important from the mainland