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posted by takyon on Saturday July 30 2016, @07:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the frozen-wasteland dept.

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Canada Banana Farms, located 200 kilometres west of Toronto in Blyth, Ont., is cultivating fruit such as papayas, pineapples, lemons, guavas, and – of course – bananas. You'd think that you'd need an advanced degree in horticulture or botany to grow fruits like these in frigid Canada, but Terry Brake's method is easy – and cheap.

[...] "We grow them in hoop houses," Brake told CTV News Channel on Friday. "And we heat it with wood all winter long." The hoop houses – essentially long sheets of polyethylene stretched over a frame – have effectively created the jungle-like conditions these fruits need to flourish. "It just feels like you're in the tropics," Brake says of his DIY greenhouses. "It's very humid in there: about 85 to 90 per cent humidity in the winter."


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  • (Score: 2) by driverless on Saturday July 30 2016, @12:11PM

    by driverless (4770) on Saturday July 30 2016, @12:11PM (#381932)

    burning wood is quite environmentally unfriendly. a much better solution would be a solar concentrator because the only thing they do is make heat.

    A better way to take advantage of solar power is to grow them in, say, Guatemala rather than a country that's covered in snow half the year.

    (Admittedly you then need to use power to move them to wherever they're going, but it can't be more than heating a pile of greenhouses year round).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @03:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @03:48PM (#381971)

    It would b neat to see some math but those details aren't available :(