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For people living in Canada’s remote communities, access to fresh produce is often limited due to steep prices and high spoilage rates – and this situation has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Green Iglu, which bears a name coined by a community partner, is working to advance a collaborative solution by offering greenhouse infrastructure, tailored training and ongoing support for remote and northern communities across the country.

Utilizing geodesic-shaped greenhouses that are suited for harsh climates, Green Iglu provides the necessary support to build the domes and train local greenhouse staff, with each community then independently assuming ownership and operation. In Arviat, Nunavut, for example, community members successfully grew over 9,500 servings of food during their first year of greenhouse operations.

“This exemplifies the positive impact, sustainability and scalability of our venture,” says Stefany Nieto, co-founder and executive director of Green Iglu, who notes that in addition to reducing the cost of fresh produce through local food production, the organization helps to create local jobs and improve food sovereignty.

“Green Iglu is not replacing traditional foods with greenhouse produce, but instead aims to support local food and education goals,” she explains. “These goals are chosen by our partner communities while complementing traditional or country foodways.”

Every partner community is unique. So rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, communities determine the size and type of dome that works best for them and the foods they wish to grow inside.

Together with partnering communities, Green Iglu adapts and learns which practices can be improved and developed to best support a common goal towards a food-secure future throughout Canada.

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Advertising feature produced by Randall Anthony Communications. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.