Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: Moving farming indoors | Sep 17, 2016

An opening slate appears that reads "Tvo Climate Watch. Shorts."

Nam appears standing in park full of trees. She is in her twenties with curly brown hair and round, black glasses. She is wearing an olive green hoodie with a navy blue shirt underneath.

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host" underneath her.

Nam says WELCOME TO CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE WE EXAMINE
THE LOCAL IMPACT
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
THE PROVINCE IS
GETTING HOTTER
AND THE WEATHER IS
MORE UNPREDICTABLE.
BUT INSIDE THE WEATHER
IS ALWAYS THE SAME
AS FARMER BOB
MITCHELL KNOWS.
HIS GLOWING
GREENHOUSE HAS BECOME
AN ACCIDENTAL RESEARCH
LAB FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
OF INDOOR FARMING.

The scene changes to a row of greenhouses alongside a highway. A caption reads "Hydroponic Tomatoes."
Now a sign reads, "SunTech Greenhouses LTD." In green and white letters. Over the words is an image of setting sun with green rays.

Bob Mitchell is moving bags of fertilizer inside of a greenhouse. He is in sixties with grey hair and tempered glasses. He wears a red and white plaid short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, a brown belt, and brown boots.

Now there is a split-screen of Bob and a white background that reads, "Bob Mitchell has been a farmer all his life. He started SunTech greenhouse 16 years ago. Along with his wife, Carmen, they grow over 4 tonnes of tomatoes and produce every year."

Bob says ENVIRONMENTALLY, FARMERS BY
NATURE, OUT OF NECESSITY
ARE ACTUALLY GREAT
ENVIRONMENTALISTS.

The scene changes to Bob talking in front of tomato vines. A caption reads, "Bob Mitchell. Owner, Sun Teach Greenhouses Ltd."

Bob continues
AT SUN TECH FOUR ACRES OF
HYDROPONIC VEGETABLES INDOORS,
THE SYSTEM ALLOWS US TO USE
ONE-TENTH OF THE WATER WE WOULD
FOR OUTDOOR USE, IT CREATES
PRODUCT AT THE MARKETPLACE,
REDUCING THE CARBON
FOOTPRINT OF FOOD.

The screen changes an image of a gold and yellow tomato on a vine. A caption reads, "Sun Tech tomatoes are sold in the Ottawa area, reducing the environmental impact of transportation."

The image changes to red and green tomatoes on a vine. A caption reads, "Many Ottawa-area restaurants serve tomatoes grown in the SunTech greenhouse."

Bob continues
I'M WORKING TOWARDS
12-MONTH-OF-THE-YEAR PRODUCTION.
NO PLACE ON EARTH
CAN YOU DO THAT.
WE GIVE UP ON VOLUME
TO HAVE A TOMATO THAT
IS WORTH EATING.

A clip of the tomato vines in the greenhouse is played showing tomatoes at different stages of development.

The scene changes to the inside of a "Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine Bar." A handful of tomatoes are placed on top of a chopping board. John Taylor begins to slice them. He is a man in his forties with cropped brown hair and a brown and white beard. He wears large rectangular-framed glasses with a white v-neck and grey apron.

John mutters
GOAT CHEESE,
TOMATO, BASIL,
BIT MORE GOAT'S
CHEESE.

He makes a plate of tomato slices filled with goat cheese and topped with basil, and more cheese.
The scene changes to him sitting in front of the kitchen. A caption reads "Taylor’s Genuine Food and Wine Bar."

John says A FIELD GROWN ONE
ULTIMATELY IS BETTER.
WHEN IT BECOMES IN PEAK
SEASON, WHICH IS VERY SHORT.
WHEN TOMATOES BECOME
RIPE, THAT SEASON
IS MAYBE MAXIMUM
FOUR WEEKS.
WHAT I'VE ALWAYS APPRECIATED
ABOUT THESE HYDROPONIC
TOMATOES FROM SUN TECH
WHICH IS FROM MANOTICK OUTSIDE
OF OTTAWA, IS THAT FOR
A GREENHOUSE TOMATO,
IT'S ONE OF THE BEST ONES
I'VE TASTED FLAVOUR WISE
THROUGH THE SUMMERTIME
WHEN THE SUN
GETS INTO THEIR
GREENHOUSES.
THEY'RE A LOCAL BUSINESS;
THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME.
IT'S A CONSISTENT PRODUCT,
WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT.

A clip of John adding more tomato slices and goat cheese onto his plate plays.

John is back sitting in front of the kitchen and says THE THRIVING LOCAL
ORGANIC INDUSTRY
OF LOCAL PRODUCE AND WHATNOT
IS OBVIOUSLY THRIVING
BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE
CONCERNED ABOUT CLIMATE.
WHY DO WE NEED TO BE BUYING
ASPARAGUS IN FEBRUARY?

The image changes to John preparing the tomato dish. He squirts the plate of tomato and goat cheese with lemon balsamic vinegar.

John says A LITTLE BIT OF
LEMON BALSAMIC.
CRUNCH, TEXTURE.
THERE YOU GO, OUR SIGNATURE
STACKED TOMATO SALAD.

The scene changes to the inside of a Sun Tech greenhouse.
Bob and his wife are checking the progress of tomatoes on the vines.

Bob says WAY BACK WHEN, IT
WAS FAR COLDER
AND THE SNOW WAS
FAR DEEPER
AND I BELIEVE HUMANITY
HAS BEEN SAYING THAT
FOR THE LAST
THOUSAND YEARS.

A clip of the green house and all of its vines plays.

Bob continues
WE ARE SET UP FOR AND SEEING
MORE EXTREME EVENTS.
SO WHATEVER IS
TRIGGERING THAT,
WE'RE AVERAGING
HIGHER TEMPERATURES.
AND OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS,
THAT'S SIGNIFICANT.

An end slate appears that reads "tvo.org. climate watch."

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