What can we learn from people who are growing potatoes at high latitudes around the world?

Potatoes are an easy to grow staple for northern people and with rising temperatures and lengthening growing seasons have the potential to be a key element of food sustainability. We are investigating the practice of growing potatoes in difficult northern climates with the intent of sharing information from northern growers and perhaps eventually identifying potato varieties that can provide a viable source of food.

Potatoes In Northern Climates

Potatoes In Northern Climates

Potatoes are an easy to grow staple for northern people and with rising temperatures and lengthening growing seasons have the potential to be a key element of food sustainability. We are investigating the practice of growing potatoes in difficult northern climates...

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Ust Nera, north central Siberia.

Ust Nera, north central Siberia.

Ust Nera is the northern-most community on the single road that traverses Siberia from Novosibirsk to Magadan on the Sea of Okhotsk.  Located at 64 30 degrees north latitude and 500 m elevation it experiences an extremely continental northern climate. This region...

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Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

It is hard to imagine how different the climate of the Faroe Islands (North Atlantic Ocean) is than that of northern Siberia (see post on Ust Nera ). Located at 62 degrees north latitude between the Shetland Islands of the United Kingdom and Iceland the tiny Faroes...

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Iceland

Iceland

Even further north than the Faroes, Icelanders are also able to grow potatoes even as far north as Akureyri at 65.40 degrees north latitude. The climate is similar to that of the Faroe Islands with a narrow annual temperature range. Summers are cool and short with...

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