Farmers use hydroponics to feed rural arctic villages

    Though farming outside in the tundra of Alaska's arctic isn't an option, an Alaska Native company is working to grow fresh produce for rural villages with hydroponic technology.

    KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — Though farming outside in the tundra of Alaska's arctic isn't an option, an Alaska Native company is working to grow fresh produce for rural villages with hydroponic technology.

    KTUU-TV reports that Alaska Native Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation's new subsidiary Arctic Greens grows spinach, kale and types of lettuce inside shipping containers in Kotzebue. Arctic Greens aims to provide produce year-round to the Northwest Arctic Borough city.

    In Kotzebue, it can take between four days to two weeks for vegetables to make it to the grocery store after being picked from the ground. Most of the produce comes from the Lower 48 and can be expensive and in poor condition by the time it hits Kotzebue's shelves.

    Alaska Commercial has agreed to buy hydroponic produce for its 28 rural grocery stores.

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