Tag Archives: Polar Permaculture

Silence of the quails: A terrible night slaughtering dozens of birds triggers a lot of outrage; their lawless owner looks ahead

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It’s sad – especially for the birds. It was a great idea. The government’s rules prohibiting the birds are kind of stupid. It’s best to be safe. He broke the rules. And why is a guy touting natural farming locking them up in tiny cages?

Check off one, some or all of those and you’ll get an idea of the range of opinions about Polar Permaculture founder Benjamin Vidmar being forced to kill 80 quail last week he was collecting eggs from.

Fowl decision: Government rules Polar Permaculture must kill its 80 quails by Friday due to livestock ban, disease fears

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“We must kill all of our quails by Friday the 13th, 2018.”

That blog post was written a day before what will be a very unlucky day indeed for 80 quail at Polar Permaculture that must be killed because the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has ruled the birds violate a ban on importing livestock in Svalbard and are a potential disease risk.

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).

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.