- Kotzebue is home to the first hydroponic farm north of the Arctic circle
- Plants are stacked vertically and are rooted in materials such as rock wool
- A glowing magenta LED light replaces the need for sunlight
- The goal is to set up similar systems in other rural communities far from Alaska’s minimal road system
The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska’s Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for northern-growing forests to take root.
But amid these unforgiving conditions, a creative kind of farming is sprouting up in the community of Kotzebue.
A firm is growing green vegetables, including kale and basil, inside a 12-metre shipping container, equipped with glowing magenta LED lights.
The firm grows a range of green vegetables, but moving tender produce from its moist, warm growing enclosure to a frigid environment can be challenging