New and Returning members! We are so excited to get organized for our 2018 season! The Community Garden Society started up in 1998, making this our 20th year! Come join us – plots still available!
Pay/info sessions are set up for the following days:
Tues, March 27, 7-9pm
Sat, April 8, 2-4pm
Inuvik Community Greenhouse
Sat April 21, 3-4pm before the AGM which starts at 4
Click this link to download our 2018 Membership Agreement: Greenhouse Membership Forms
Click this link to download our 2018 Membership Manual (printed copied available at the information sessions): 2018 GH Membership Booklet Final
Info sessions don’t work for you? Contact Jenna at email@example.com to set up a time to meet with her to pay.
You will notice only a few small changes this year. The first being that if you want to choose to not receive the information on the mandatory volunteer hours, you can pay in advance, and recieve a discount on the total price. And the second being that all mandatory hours must be completed by December 31, 2018 – so please ensure if you choose to work your volunteer hours, that your post dated cheque reflect this change and be written for January 15th, 2019.
In case you missed it… we need summer staff for the 2018 season!
Check out https://inuvikgreenhouse.com/job-posting/ for our 2 positions. We are recruiting for Summer Coordinator and also for Student Interns.
Resumes accepted through firstname.lastname@example.org only!
Deadline to apply: March 5th, 2018
We are raising funds by a new means this year! Instead of weekly Bingo, we will be doing a larger raffle. Tickets are $20 and you can get them from one of our ticket seller members (Jenette White, Gloria Watsyk, Paul Watters, Amanda Chaulk, Karen Maxwell, Elise Decarie-Jean – and a few more to potentially be added!) or directly from the greenhouse (by email – email@example.com)
We hope to get away from our volunteers spending so much time at the Dome on Mondays, and also offering a great incentive to buy a ticket – COME VISIT US! You don’t have to live in Inuvik to win!!!!
The Inuvik Community Greenhouse joins organizations from across Canada in working towards a healthy and equitable food system
Inuvik, NT, Canada — It’s a good food (and news!) story. The Inuvik Community Greenhouse is pleased to announce that we have joined Community Food Centres Canada’s Good Food Organizations program to showcase our commitment to offering impactful community food programs based in principles of health, empowerment, and respect. With over 130 other Good Food Organizations and eight Community Food Centres across the country, we are working toward a healthy and fair food system.
Launched in 2014, the Good Food Organizations program offers access to tools and resources, customized training, attendance at an annual conference, and chances to network and promote shared priorities. By working together through a set of shared principles, this important initiative connects the Inuvik Community Greenhouse to like-minded and progressive organizations across the country that are using food to tackle problems of poor health, inequality, hunger, and poverty.
2018 is the Inuvik Community Greenhouse’s 20th year in operation, and 2019 will be the 20th growing season. What a perfect time to really look at our mandate of “building community through gardening”. We are proud of all we have accomplished in the last 20 years, but we can always do more! Last year, we started a new initiative, in which we empowered our northern neighbours to work on their own growing power, and produce their own local food. We are excited to expand that program next year, and see more local growers producing high quality, locally grown, fresh produce!
We wanted to become a Good Food Organization to become a part of a network of people who are passionate about food security, and real solutions for those who are trying to feed their families in a sustainable, nutritious and culturally appropriate way.
“The Good Food Organizations program provides support and inspiration to organizations across the country — community health centres, food banks, community markets, and many others — that are doing important grassroots food work,” said Kathryn Scharf COO for Community Food Centres Canada. We have seen how when community food programs foreground healthy food in a dignified setting that offers meaningful opportunities for engagement, there can be a profoundly positive impact on people’s health and overall well-being. We want to amplify these outcomes to build a national case for an investment in healthy food for all.”
Media inquiries: Ray Solotki, Executive Director, Inuvik Community Greenhouse. 867-777-7855 or firstname.lastname@example.org (email is best off season!)
Media inquiries: Christina Palassio, Director of Communications, Community Food Centres Canada
416 531 8826 ext. 229 or email@example.com
Inuvik Community Greenhouse – building community through gardening. Visit us at www.inuvikgreenhouse.com or follow @inuvikgh
The Good Food Organizations program is offered by Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC). CFCC builds health, belonging, and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. For more information, visit www.cfccanada.ca or follow @aplaceforfood.
Help reduce your organic wastes, create soil, and support the Inuvik Community Greenhouse!
How does it work? We will come collect your organic waste once a week, every two weeks or once a month – you decide. You will get a reminder email on Monday to tell you to put your compost outside on Tuesday morning. You choose how – a bag, box or container. If you want the container returned, just put your name/address on the outside and we will rinse and return it. Any organic material (except meat, oil or animal waste) generally can be composted.
How much does it cost? Pick up is prepaid at $5 per pick up. Book 6 or more pick ups in advance, and get 10% off! EMT accepted to info@Inuvikgreenhouse.com
Drop off your pumpkin this week to create a magical “Pumpkin Alley” in the greenhouse. Come by on Friday from 9-11am or 5-7pm to vote for your favourite! Winning pumpkin will receive a 1st place ribbon and $25!
Entry to Greenhouse to view pumpkins by donation!
For those dropping off pumpkins, please write your name and number on the bottom! As no one is on site, pumpkins can be left in the entry way.
It’s nearly September and that means plant growth is starting to slow down in the greenhouse. But it isn’t over yet! We still have a couple weeks of sun and enough warmth to keep those cold-weather crops alive, like spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, turnips, carrots, and more. This is also a good time to consider planting a cover crop!
Cover crops are plants that are seeded in order to add nutrients and improve soil structure. Some examples of common cover crops include clover, radish, alfalfa, peas, oats, and other legumes. When legumes are planted in the soil, for example, they fix nitrogen (an extremely important nutrient for plant growth), meaning that they make nitrogen available to other plants and organisms in the soil. Cover crops provide a great organic option to adding nutrients to your garden plot. It’s also beneficial to soil structure to have organic matter present, rather than to leave the surface of your soil barren.
Radish and pea cover crop mix
At the community greenhouse we have some cover crop seeds from West Coast Seeds, including clover, rye, oats, and peas. We have these available in envelopes, so please find a staff member to receive a free envelope of seeds. We suggest planting these no later than September 15th so that you can water them for about two weeks before the greenhouse closes. The plants will die as there won’t be any source of water or insulation for them in October, but the organic matter that goes back into the soil will benefit your soil next year. Contact Emily, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about cover cropping!
On Thursday, September 7th at 7:00pm we’ll be hosting a sauerkraut workshop at the greenhouse! For $10 for greenhouse members or $15 for non-members, you’ll get to learn the process and take a jar home with you. Fermented foods are high in vitamins, enzymes, are probiotic, and very healthy for you! Email email@example.com to sign up.
This month we decided to host a trivia night at the greenhouse, as well as beer yoga. We had about 50 people come out for a “Night out at the Greenhouse” eager to spend their Saturday night surrounded by vegetable, fruit, flower plants, and friends. As a community greenhouse, we offer a space and programming for gardening, but we also are also fortunate to be able to offer a venue for community events, including our own fundraisers like trivia and yoga.
Kim Herle, one of our regular yoga instructors, decided to offer a beer yoga event, where each participant was given two drinks throughout the hour-long yoga session. Somehow the class ended in a sing-along, with one participant playing the ukulele while everyone else sang their hearts out. For those who weren’t ready for their night at the greenhouse to end, we had a trivia night downstairs, where teams of 4-5 tested their general and local knowledge. We had the help of some local groups to include a round on local trivia, with questions from Children’s First Society, Inuvialuit Communication Society, Environment and Natural Resources, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Aurora Research Institute, and more. As the sun finally began to set around midnight, the greenhouse cleared out with people encouraging us to host more “nights out at the greenhouse”.