Yunesit’in Government Greenhouse Facility
For many people living in northern latitudes, the cost of shipping food to remote communities is becoming increasingly expensive. The food cost increases and the food quality decreases as vegetables, grains, dairy and fruits are transported to reach distant communities. The high price of healthy food and vegetables has harmfully affected many remote communities across Canada.
The Yunesit’in Community is located at about 90 km west of Williams Lake in British Columbia with a population of approximately 450 people. Carnotech and its partners have developed a 10,800 sq ft multi-crop greenhouse facility with the goal of providing each community member with a fresh dish of salad every day. The three-greenhouse facility utilizes modern hydroponic systems to grow produce as efficiently as possible. The design of the facility allows for crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, kale and strawberries to be grown. Some of the crops such as lettuce and kale can be grown year-round, while others are able to be grown from February to late November. In addition, as the result of this project, Yunesit’in Government has been able to provide education and training and job opportunities for its members.