Tag Archives: Benjamin Vidmar

Food for thought: Is a meal of nearly all-local ingredients possible? Yes, but is it economically and politically possible?

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It hardly strains journalism objectivity to declare a gathering promoting locally sourced food received universal raves. Indeed, accusations of “media bias” would almost certainly be warranted otherwise since attendees got to indulge in a free dinner with local items included soup, whale, seal, reindeer and salad prepared by a professional chef (who at one point observed “who can afford to eat like that?”).

Liveblog: ‘Svalbard: Life on the Edge,’ Episode Three (‘Out of Darkness’) at Polar Permaculture

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9:30 p.m.: Saw an advance screeing of this “make-or-break” episode two days ago (almost certainly the last time locals will get the opportunity during the 10-episode series) and it certainly was for the best as I prepare to do this tonight. Not because of the jolt of reliving last December’s avalanche – hard as that is at times – but because of a far more dismal shock I never would have imagined would be shown tonight (BTW, that shock isn’t what may seem overwhelmingly obvious, as you’ll learn by the end).

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 12, 2016

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Private companies question Store Norske’s tourism plans
Store Norske’s plans to develop Svea as a tourist destination in cooperation with Spitsbergen Travel are raising concerns among other local tourism companies and officials, who say the government-owned company should not be allowed to offer subsidized activities that compete with private companies.

A giant polar puzzle: Greenhouse proves a tough bit of kit: caretaker hopes chickens, tourists among what takes root

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Melissa Berl figured it’d be a familiar bit of woodwork, just in a much bigger box.

“My first thought was like ‘it should be like IKEA stuff because everything is cut and someone has already designed it,'” she said. “But the instructions were confusing, so it has been something like a puzzle.”

Fire forces evacuation of Stormessa, closure of some businesses due to damage and toxic residue

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A fire apparently ignited by a battery left overnight in a charger forced the evacuation of and caused significant damage to Stormessa, with some businesses remaining partially or entirely on hold a week after the incident.

A fire alarm in the building in Nybyen was triggered just before 1 a.m. March 10, with an equipment room belonging to Arctic Adventures AS being the ignition point, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Random weirdness for the week of Nov. 24, 2015

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Yeah, that’s his ad beneath this week’s rant, but we suspect few people will see as giving him undue free positive publicity when we mention Benjamin Vidmar’s latest “locally sustainable food” effort, which involved handing out cookies made from worms he used for composting last weekend.

The ultimate in iceberg lettuce: Sustainable living company building Longyearbyen’s first outdoor greenhouse

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In the unfortunate event locals feel the need to raid seeds from the Doomsday Vault, at least now there’s someplace to plant them.

In the meantime, a group of green thumbs are hoping to sprout some “locally sourced” cuisine with the help of traditionally discarded materials such used cooking oil, dog poop and beer sludge.

Random weirdness for the week of March 17, 2015

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The corner outside Karls-Berger Pub isn’t exactly the hottest red-light district in the world, but at least the price for exchanging bodily DNA is right.