A Hay River egg producing company has received more than $80 thousand to help undertake what is being called the PoultryPonics Dome Project.
Choice North Farms officially received the good news at a news conference held by Northwest Territories M-P Micahel McLeod in Hay River Friday.
The funding comes from CanNor – the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
The money will be used to integrate vertical hydroponic units and poultry production in a small geodesic dome.
According to a news release from the Feds – this combination will reduce the amount of nutrients and energy required for production, while providing a good supply of quality local fresh produce and meat substitutes.
Kevin Wallington, the business development manager for Choice North Farms says they are thrilled at being able to pilot this green technology.
“Thanks to the support of CanNor. we are confident it will allow us to produce more food locally while reducing our carbon footprint and production cost,” Wallington said.
“This is great for our business, for the agricultural sector in the NWT and for Northern consumers.”
McLeod says the high cost of food in the North a constant challenge for producers and consumers.
He adds that through innovation and new thinking, Choice North Farms is hoping to make a difference.
McLeod says if the pilot project is successful, this innovative clean technology could be adapted in other Northern communities, promoting economic diversification, reducing the cost of living, and enhancing the quality of life in remote communities.