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"Growing food near the north pole"
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Arctic Farm to table.

Let Chef Ben, and his team help you experience the freshest food in Longyearbyen!

 
 

Personal Chef Services

Rates starting at 300,-for 2 meals

We will come to your kitchen and prepare food a few meals for you at one time.

The option is there to have the dinner hot for you when you get home, and then we will store the soup and fresh baked bread for you to enjoy the next day at work.

Leave the shopping, cooking, and cleaning to us!

 
Taste of the Arctic

Taste of the Arctic

Farm to Table Tour

Farm to Table Tour

 

Cooking Classes/Tours (Private or Group)

Rates starting at 95,-/person

Would you like to work with pro chef, and learn how to make your favorite dishes?

Would you like to use locally grown products here in Longyearbyen, and experience a taste of the Arctic?

Are you curious how we farm here near the north pole?

We can arrange a cooking class/ tour for you and your team and show you how we do things here at Polar Permaculture.

Market/Workshop

Rates starting at 95,-

Visit our market located in the Galleri Svalbard, and see what we have been up to. We have hand-made items from fish skin leather, and also wonderful souvenirs for you to take home and share.

 
Our workshop at Longyearbyen Kunst- og håndverksenter

Our workshop at Longyearbyen Kunst- og håndverksenter

Farm Fresh Products

Rates starting at 25,-/ pot

We are growing microgreens and also producing quail eggs here in town. Most of our goods end up at the restaurants and hotels, and we also have some items in the local grocery store. Not only do we produce food here, but we also collect back the waste and turn it into compost which helps us grow more food.

 
Visit our dome today and see how we do Arctic farming.

Visit our dome today and see how we do Arctic farming.

Amir working with our microgreens.

Video by francisco lillo salazar

 
 
 

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Unique, brilliant, unforgettable

If you are fortunate enough to travel to Longyearbyen, you will undoubtedly have a few memorable experiences. None, however, are likely to be as inspiring and life-altering as the passion project of Benjamin Vidmar and his team. We are very lucky to have made a new friend, someone else who values innovation in seeking solutions to real-world problems. Given that Longyearbyen is the world's northernmost city, with a history of frontier survival, almost everything that is eaten on the island is imported from mainland Europe or elsewhere by boat/plane. Benjamin, who has worked as a superb chef in the excellent restaurants of Svalbard (amongst other locations around the world), settled in Longyearbyen and decided that enough was enough. He has spent time, money, energy, and poured blood, sweat, and tears into creating the first and only permaculture infrastructure on the island of Spitsbergen. Taking a tour, which is very reasonably priced, will allow one to see first-hand what he and his colleagues have been able to accomplish in a short period of time -- growing micro-greens, herbs, vegetables; creating compost and a worm colony to cultivate soil; maintaining a small batch of quails which will produce eggs and also fertiliser for the garden; and the pièce-de-résistance, Benjamin's greenhouse, a mini-geodesic dome built into the permafrost on solid concrete, with internal heating, insulation, and water container. It has to be seen to be believed. Here, in one of the most remote places on earth, this team of dreamers and miracle workers has created the world's first truly Arctic garden, and it is something to behold. While it may look humble at the moment, and perhaps seem unimpressive by the standards of the massive hydroponic gardens of many places much further south, this entire project is nothing short of astounding. Someone as dedicated, bright, and environmentally conscious as Benjamin is rare to find in this world of ours, and I strongly recommend that all visitors to the island make use of a trip to his facility to understand what it will take to sustain food and a human diet in even the most extreme conditions. The future of humankind depends on people like Benjamin and his team; this is no more and no less than a glimpse into the best that humanity has to offer. We can't wait to learn more about developments at Polar Permaculture, from afar, and anticipate our next trip to see things evolve in the coming year. Bravo to everyone -- Jason, Francisco, Benjamin -- we loved our visit and best of luck with everything!

 

/  Shuvo G  /