The College of New Caledonia is hoping to build a teaching and research greenhouse at its Prince George campus.
The greenhouse will be used by the college, public, local producers, and technology companies to research, develop and showcase emerging agricultural technologies, says Hardy Griesbauer, director of applied research and innovation in a letter to city council.
It will also be used for training for the community and businesses as well as support the college cafeteria, Kodiak’s restaurant, and the professional cook program.
“This project is in response to increasing regional demand for economic diversification, increased food security and locally produced food, support for new and existing agriculture entrepreneurs, new technologies that allow for year-round food production in northern B.C. and increased horticulture training,” Griesbauer writes.
The greenhouse will be 30 feet by 80 feet and will be built on concrete piers with 8mm polycarbonate glazing and framing suitable for the northern climate. It will be fully serviced and feature cutting-edge technologies in lighting, heating, growing systems, and smart greenhouse management, he says.
The college is applying to Northern Development Initiative Trust for a $250,000 grant and is seeking the city’s support in its application.