Alaskans live in communities that are off the road network. The rugged lifestyle and proximity to nature that is shared by residents of the 49th state is not without its challenges: geographic isolation from the contiguous US, low population density, and a short growing season means that Alaskans must rely on themselves and each other to find creative solutions to the many unique obstacles that come with life in the north. Access to high quality, nutrient-rich food is foundational for the health of any vibrant community, and in Alaska this means that many residents find themselves relying heavily on supply chains over which they have little control and which deliver produce--at a premium price--that is no longer as fresh or quality as at point of origin.
- DOT + PF Airports
- Other Public Use Airports
- Alaska Highways + Roads
The Outpost Solution
people are provided for with just one of Outpost's controlled environment agriculture stations, and each harvest goes from farm to table in less than two days. Founded by mission-driven individuals with a long-standing connection to and appreciation for the wilds of Alaska, Outpost Agriculture partners with frontier communities to integrate locally grown herbs and leafy greens into the food system and in doing so improve the quality of life for rural Alaskans.
We’re on the frontier of CEA
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The name says it all. In places where climate and geography rule out traditional agricultural techniques, to grow food you need to control the growing environment. CEA uses closed loop Nutrient Film Technique hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers. These systems–which allow us to control everything in the growing cycle from CO2 levels, airflow, and humidity to the strength and frequency of lighting cycles — are modular, meaning we can tailor our production to requirements of the community the farm station serves, and we can add or subtract growing capacity as needed.
Building and operating large scale CEA in remote, underserved and food insecure communities is an expensive proposition fraught with obstacles.
Outpost Agriculture is building a distributed, decentralized network of CEA farm stations throughout Alaska to ensure that remote and food insecure communities always have access to fresh, nutritious and affordable leafy greens and other produce. By building a network under the aegis of single organization, we can offset the costs of running stations in prohibitively expensive locations with revenues from less expensive locations as well as fundraising.
We focus on building and operating farm stations of between 3-9 growing pods in settlements that serve as hub communities for their areas (usually towns of between 2k to 8k people). By doing so, we hope to bring as many of Alaska’s remote and food insecure communities as possible to within a one-day gap between harvest and consumption.