Ben Feagin Jr. is Métis and CEO of the thriving company AgriTech North, the inaugural season winner of the “Bears Lair,” an Indigenous business pitch competition where the winner took home $100,000 on National Television, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
AgriTech North is a first-of-kind in Northwestern Ontario, growing at wholesale-scale, year-round, including a variety of lettuces, herbs, and fruits. All their food is distributed to communities and First Nations throughout the region.
Their farming methods use 95 percent less water, 60 per cent less nutrients, and no chemical pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides,
Ben says they contribute to the resolution of food insecurity throughout northwestern Ontario. They carry a variety of local food products to support the development of other small businesses like his own, helping customers access more local products and reducing imported food.