Feeding Northern Communities

Created on November 22, 2016 by unexia.  8 comments


I want Ontario to spend over $250,000 to fund a pilot about growing food in order to strengthen reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Create indoor farms in northern Indigenous communities

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What is your project idea? 

To install two container farming systems (or indoor farms) in Northern Indigenous Communities to help alleviate the cost of fresh food while creating food independence and jobs for locals.

The farms allow people to grow food all-year round and can grow fresh lettuce, kale, cucumbers, herbs, spinach and many more plants.

The farms can produce income for the farmer OR can be a centrally managed community garden where everyone shares in the abundance of food growth.

Container farms can grow food quickly, easily and in very remote regions and are currently operating in other parts of Ontario.

Farms can vary in price from $100,000 to $250,000 depending on the size needed. Typically a small community would require 1 container farm for about every 500 people to feed or a larger community could install a larger indoor farm.

Measuring success is quite simple: You can simply measure the value of the food coming out of each container to the current prices of food in each region. Each community will see hundreds of thousands in yearly food-cost savings, will create local jobs and will feed people healthier foods.

How will this idea provide a solution? 

The farms allow people to grow food right in their own community, all-year round, no matter the weather. They are designed specifically to withstand northern climates.

This will also save hundreds of thousands of dollars in food costs for community members because there are no transportation costs (while also providing access to fresh greens).

Is there anything else we should consider? 

A power source, a backup generator and a clean water source are all that is needed to make these farms work.

These types of farms are already manufactured in Ontario and provide jobs to Ontarians.

Project ID: 2456

Create indoor farms in northern Indigenous communities

This idea has been selected for voting.

The Government of Ontario will determine how projects are implemented; which may not be as described in the original submission. We are not, by posting a submission for public voting, endorsing any organization, technology, location or other content in the original submission, and we may or may not implement the project or use the organization, technology or location referenced in the original submission when implementing the project.

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 I have a different opinion Posted on November 23, 2016 by SL

no, it's not in the duties of government to grow food, that's for farmers and/or businesses.


Posted on November 23, 2016 by unexia

I can appreciate that as both a farmer and business owner.

However - the Government is not the people growing food here - it would be community members. The government's sole responsibility is to provide the tools to be able to do it - and since most food subsidies come from our government (mainly to pay for transportation costs) already, this actually saves the government money in the long run. Also - these farms can pay for themselves if done properly and the government could actually see an ROI to help invest in other programs up there.


 I agree with this Posted on November 23, 2016 by Leafs

Makes sense to support northern Communities to have access to good local food and become self sustainable. Access to quality food year round is very expensive and something like this might prove to be an excellent model for other communities across Canada.


 I agree with this Posted on November 23, 2016 by David Hogg

since local food production is going to become an ever increasingly important resource due to climate change concerns, the idea of a pilot project is a great one. We need to foster better connections with all of our communities and rallying efforts around food production is a great first step. Excellent idea!


 I agree with this Posted on November 25, 2016 by gram

Very interesting. These farms work well even in cold weather?


Posted on November 25, 2016 by unexia

only certain container farms will work in the cold northern climates as far as I can tell. There are purpose built ones for the Canadian climate - but I am not permitted to post a specific company's website or product. :)


 I agree with this Posted on November 30, 2016 by JoAnne

This would also support our health care system since indigenous people have a higher instance of many diseases and that's likely a result of the lack of fresh food available to them. I like this. I hope it's chosen.


 I agree with this Posted on December 10, 2016 by Concerned citizen

Technically if it is on a rez it is a Federal issue and the issue of the First Nations community but since agriculture is a provincial issue it would be nice to establish partnerships to provide resources and training.