DRYDEN, ONTARIO, January 14, 2022 — AgriTech North’s purpose is to grow fresh produce for Northwestern Ontario that is of a consistent quality and available year- round. Their social mission is to lower Far North Indigenous community fresh produce costs by 25% and increase access to fresh produce in communities that do not already have year-round availability.
AgriTech North will contribute to resolving food security crises throughout Northwestern Ontario by establishing a sustainable and high-quality source of local produce year-round that is dedicated to our region’s residents– Benjamin Feagin Jr., the CEO of AgriTech North.
AgriTech North will provide access to nutritious non-GMO produce that is free of herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides to communities throughout Northwestern Ontario. The produce will be grown at AgriTech North’s vertical farming facility in Dryden, Ontario utilizing sustainable practices that consume 90% less water and 60% less nutrients than conventional and organic farming methods, making the fresh produce even “Better than Organic.” Its fresh, premium quality produce will begin to be offered to its clients approximately April of 2022. The company is owned and operated by Benjamin, a Métis Nation of Ontario citizen who is also LGBTQ2+ and disabled.
AgriTech North also operates as a research center specifically designed to address the food security crises plaguing us Canada- wide, with Northwestern Ontario’s harsh climate providing a proving ground for novel technologies. The research center’s goal is to find various ways to reduce capital and operating costs while also improving the viability of infrastructure for development and operation in the Far North. AgriTech North intends to decrease Canada’s reliance on imported produce by deploying facilities within Far North communities that combine multiple technologies that together improve the viability of growing a full vegetarian diet year-round from within those communities that compliment hunting and fishing yields. AgriTech North is supported by several academic institutions to accelerate the development, deployment, and validation of novel technologies and integrations at scale.
About AgriTech North
AgriTech North is an indoor agriculture social enterprise with a mission to grow nutritious produce for Northwestern Ontario that is of a consistent quality, available year-round, and provided at a competitive price. AgriTech North will lower produce costs in Far North Indigenous communities by at least 25% and increase access to produce in communities that do not already have year-round access.
If you are interested in contributing to AgriTech North’s mission,
their GoFundMe is available here.