Good Food Organization Program!

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.”

See a complete list of the Good Food Organizations here

 Media inquiries: Ray Solotki, Executive Director, Inuvik Community Greenhouse. 867-777-7855 or info@inuvikgreenhouse.com (email is best off season!)

 Media inquiries: Christina Palassio, Director of Communications, Community Food Centres Canada

416 531 8826 ext. 229 or christina@cfccanada.ca

 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.

Convenient Compost Collection in Inuvik

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

You have the choice of weekly, biweekly or monthly. Biweekly is our recommended amount.
1-5 pick ups prepaid = $5/pick up
6 pick ups (eg. 3 months on biweekly service) = $27
10 pick ups (eg. 5 months on biweekly service) = $45
Contact us for more information or to sign up at info@inuvikgreenhouse.com !!

Pumpkin Contest!

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. 

Cover Cropping in the Greenhouse

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, coordinator@inuvikgreenhouse.com, if you have any questions about cover cropping!

Sauerkraut workshop

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 coordinator@inuvikgreenhouse.com to sign up.

Trivia Night & Beer Yoga

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”.

   

Growing healthy squash: Pollinating by hand

Pollinating Squash by Hand

Butternut! Acorn! Patty pan! Spaghetti! Zucchini! These are some of the delightful squash varieties that come with summer. (That is, so long as you can beat the powdery mildew that our greenhouse is prone to.) Also important to growing healthy squash is making sure that they get pollinated.

Squash plants produce both male and female flowers, with the male flower located at the end of a thin stem, and the female flowers located at the end of the squash that forms. It can take several visits from a pollen-laden bee to successfully pollinate a female flower, and sometimes we don’t have enough pollinators finding their way into our greenhouse.

Female flowers

Male flowers

If you notice wilting flowers on your squash, there’s a chance that the flower was not properly fertilized. In order to make sure your flowers become pollinated, use a fine paintbrush to transfer pollen from the male flower to the stigma on the female flower. When looking ahead to planting next year, consider planting sunflowers or alyssum flowers alongside your squash plants in order to encourage pollinators to visit.

For more information, read this article by West Coast Seeds.

Trivia Night at the Greenhouse! August 12 @ 8PM

On Saturday, August 12th we’re hosting a trivia night at the greenhouse! Come with a team of 1-5 people and test both your general and local knowledge. There will be a cash prize for the winning team, door prizes, a cash bar, and a BBQ dinner available for purchase. Trivia starts at 8pm and this is only open for folks aged 19+

Entry is $5 in advance or $10 at the door and includes snacks and a chance to be the trivia victor! Bonus: if you go to beer yoga from 7-8pm you get free entry into trivia. Tickets for both events are now available for sale at the greenhouse from 9am-6:30pm.

The BBQ dinner available for purchase will be BBQ chicken pesto, roasted potatoes, and a green salad. There will be a vegetarian option of a roasted veggie pesto pasta. Yum!

More details are available on the Facebook event page.

YOGA! And beer?? August 12th from 7-8pm at the Greenhouse!

As Watercolour 101 suggested to us, folks in Inuvik are looking for something new to do in the evenings. When our yoga instructor, Kim, suggested a beer yoga event… we thought the heat upstairs was perhaps getting to her! However, it turns out that other folks in the south are taking this up, and it is a LOT of fun!

This started in Germany, and is basically an event where you practice yoga and incorporate beer drinking. It is fun, funny and totally safe – although we will ask you to sign a waiver to take part!

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. You will be given 2 free beer (or cider), which will be given out at the 0 minute and 30 minute mark of the class. After the event, you will be invited to stay for our licensed trivia night (tickets are $5… but free to yoga participants).

Contact info@inuvikgreenhouse.com for more information, or to purchase a ticket! Maximum 30 participants for this event (and we have some yoga mats if you need them!)

Sorry… must be 19 or older to take part!