“The purpose of this workshop is to explore the practicality of northern greenhouses—from social, economic and technical perspectives,” said the U of S’ Dr. Karen Tanino. Tanino, who is a Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences (College of Agriculture and Bioresources), an ICNGD Member, and head of the Northern Agriculture Thematic Network under the University of the Arctic, has been studying the feasibility of greenhouses in addressing food security for several years and was one of the key organizers of this week’s event.

The workshop includes sessions on: lessons learned, a healthy foods model for the North, economic sustainability, community impacts, northern-specific greenhouse technologies, and more. The sessions will conclude this afternoon with discussions around the plan for moving forward and potential guidelines for establishing a northern greenhouse project. A public report capturing the discussions and the way forward will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information, including the full workshop agenda, visit www.usask.ca/icngd (scroll down to ‘Northern Food Security: The Greenhouse Solution’). Workshop photos are available by request.

This event was made possible thanks to contributions from the following sponsors: International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan, SaskPower, and University of the Arctic. Additional financial support was contributed by Vineland Research, Innovation Centre and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.

Media contact:
Colleen Cameron

International Centre for Northern Governance & Development (ICNGD)
University of Saskatchewan

Tel: (306) 966-1609
Email: colleen.cameron@usask.ca