Providing complete systems to grow affordable food year round - in the world's most challenging locations.
Food insecurity is one of the greatest challenges facing the Canadian North today.
The latest data from the 2015-2016 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) demonstrates that household food insecurity remains a serious problem in Canada, with the prevalence ranging from 10.2% in British Columbia to 50.8% in Nunavut.
In remote regions, lack of fresh food availability and high cost are the 2 main causes of food insecurity.
Even with all of today's technological and logistical advances, we cannot bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the people in a timely, consistent or cost effective manner from the South.
Food prices are expected to continue to rise as much as 11%-15% in the coming years.
Traditional greenhouse initiatives in the north experience short growing seasons due to the extreme climate and are thus limited in the volume and diversity of produce they can generate.
This food insecurity impacts children the most.
Food Security Structures Canada
Works with remote northern communities and other areas of the world facing food insecurity. We provide a scale-able, combination of earth covered enclosure and aeroponic farming. This allows fresh food to be planted, grown and harvested (locally) 365 days a year, in the harshest regions of the world. Anywhere that is facing food insecurity. We create a sustainable, local, economic model in a community, bringing together "green" job opportunities, food security and waste reduction.....
A community solution to this growing community crisis.
Unique, strong, lightweight Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) or Pre-Insulated Panel (PIP) technology. Stack-able panels that are assembled onsite by hand, can be easily transported into the remotest of regions by plane, boat, vehicle or sled. This strong, insulated, air tight enclosure can be built within an existing building or placed outside where it is then covered in a warm protective blanket of locally available ground cover for full weather protection and low heating costs.
Year round growing, full humidity/temperature control, water reduction/re-use and CO2 injection are all working in harmony for optimal food security for your community 365 days a year.
Grow Food In The North
Humans need high calorie, protein rich fruits and vegetables like potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, beans, micro-greens, kale and cabbage for proper health.
Our Food Security Structures are scale-able from 1000 sq. ft to 100,000 sq. ft. We provide the ability to grow soil based as well as aeroponically grown fruits and vegetables in the North.
These are NOT cold, used, shipping containers with narrow sides and low ceilings, converted to grow lettuce. Our structures are 3.35m to 4.3m high, up to 7m wide, FRP tunnels of any length that can accommodate raised soil growing beds for high caloric vegetables and fruits not possible in typical hydroponic or aeroponic systems.
The high ceilings and year round growing season inside our Food Security Structures could even allow for self pollinating, potted dwarf fruit trees like Meyer Lemon and Kafir Lime to be grown...also goose berries, figs, dwarf apples and highbush blueberries
A Complete Growing System Installed On Site
The Structure - Agrotunnels - Modular GMH Technology FRP or PIP designs are used for shelter around the world in all weather conditions. Fire rated and hurricane/tornado proof. (tested to withstand Category 5)
Grow Walls - Aeroponics, using 90% less water than soil based plants and able to produce up to 1.8 harvests per month
Lighting System - Low power Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) LED grow lights offer long life, are light weight and allow 24 operation for faster yields. Plants also respond to EMS with better water retention and faster CO2 uptake at a cellular level. EMS lighting can reduce pests and mold growth issues.
Biodigester - A better solution than composting, biodigestion consumes all of the plant and food waste generated on site and converts it into clean burning, safe biogas for heating and added CO2 the process also creates a nutrient rich, liquid organic fertilizer for the plants. This carbon neutral process reduces the overall demand on the structure for other carbon generating heating and nutrient sources.
CO2 Injection - the airtight design allows us to raise the CO2 content within the entire Agrotunnel to better match the needs of the plants being grown inside. Increased CO2 can speed up plant growth and produce production by 25%-50%.
Plants need CO2.
We provide supplemental heating and CO2 using carbon neutral, green technology. This CO2 supplement can increase crop yields and rotation time by as much as 25%-50%.
Converts food waste and plant scraps into organic fertilizer and clean burning, carbon neutral biogas to be used for Agrotunnel additional heating and supplemental CO2. This reduces the overall need for chemical fertilizers and minerals and, using less electricity or fossil fuel for heating reduces your communities carbon footprint generated to grow food.
Local Job Creation & Training
Using local labour for construction, Food Security Structures Canada (F.S.S.C.) helps develop new skills in GMH construction and organic farming in the north, providing long term job opportunities for future builds in other communities as well as full time, year round on site operations personnel.
Educational partnership agreements are being developed to provide certification training on our systems with some of Canada's leading agricultural schools and universities.