Cold climate greenhouse technology focus of conference

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Participants at the NWT CanGrow Greenhouse Technology Conference were happy to have the opportunity to buy local whitefish and trout from McCallum Fisheries. L to R: Tang Lee from the University of Calgary; Marius McCallum of West Channel; Sam Mugo from MacEwan University; and Viliam Zvalo from Vineland Research, Toronto. © Kim Rapati

The Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) and the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) organized the NWT CanGrow Greenhouse Technology Conference and the Greenhouse Tech Trade Fair in March.

Winner of the GreenhouseHack competition was Mark Lefsrud from McGill  University in Quebec, for his proposal on developing a farm unit that housed many customizable greenhouse technologies that could fit in a transport truck bed and be shipped anywhere with road access. Here, Mark Lefsrud and student Yves Roy  in a greenhouse where they work on a biomass heating system. © Mark Lefsrud
Winner of the GreenhouseHack competition was Mark Lefsrud from McGill University in Quebec, for his proposal on developing a farm unit that housed many customizable greenhouse technologies that could fit in a transport truck bed and be shipped anywhere with road access. Here, Mark Lefsrud and student Yves Roy in a greenhouse where they work on a biomass heating system. © Mark Lefsrud

Researchers and innovators from across Canada met with NWT growers at the NFTI campus in Hay River to foster new research partnerships in the field of cold climate greenhouse technology to solve challenges in northern growing.

Presentations, panel discussions, and a trade show connected researchers, industry and northern food producers with products, systems, designs and research targeted at developing innovative cold climate greenhouse operations.

Favourite conference activities included visiting Alexandra Falls, touring 2 Seasons Campgrounds fishing derby grounds, checking out West Channel, and learning about NTCL at the public beach.