Biomass-heated greenhouses might bring food security to Alaska Natives

Eva Dawn Burk, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is developing a grassroots project to build biomass-heated greenhouses in rural Native villages in Alaska.

Her goal is to produce fresh food all year long while providing local jobs and mitigating wildfire risks.

Why does it matter? Food insecurity is a key issue for Alaska Natives. Their traditional sources of food (e.g. salmon or moose) are being threatened by climate change, and most of these communities are only accessible by plane or boat, which prevents them from getting fresh produce readily.

Through a systemic approach including a network of community gardens and greenhouses, training and partnerships with local farmers, Eva is hoping to bring food sovereignty to her community 🙌