A big reason for the success of the greenhouse is the dedicated staff. In 2021, the majority of the staff is returning for their 2nd, 3rd or even 4th year. This year, you will easily be able to tell if they are working or not thanks to their STAFF shirts, made at the ACTMC.
Ray Solotki – Executive Director
Ray is the first year round employee and ED the greenhouse has ever had! She started in the summer of 2015, and loves being able to combine her passion for local food sustainability with her new found love of animal husbandry.
Yes, you probably did see her walking a chicken on a leash…
She is originally from Vancouver Island, BC; where she begrudgingly wore gum boots and cleaned barns every weekend as a child, and now, she’d take gumboots over high heels any day. She studied at the University of Northern BC and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She always hated snow, but quickly fell in love with the Arctic and plans on making this if not her “forever” home, at least her “for a very, very long time” home. She is excited about all of the new opportunities that seem to unfold every year, thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of her board of directors. Ray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adi Scott – Coordinator
Adi is originally from the United Kingdom, but has been here in Inuvik for more than two years.
“I. Love. Plants.” Playing in the dirt is her happy place, and she loves learning about the community, the people and the plants. It’s her passion.
When asked what vegetable she would be, Adi couldn’t decide…so she took an online test that came up with two answers: a) an onion (and also an ogre), because she has layers; and, b) a zucchini, because she’s versatile and fun to be around. Could we be on the cusp of creating the first hybrid ON-CHINI? Only time will tell.
Adi loves how the greenhouse is “like a whole different world in there,” especially when the season starts: “There is still snow on the ground, and you’re surrounded by green life!”
Adi is looking forward to meeting more community members, swapping stories and learning so much more about Inuvik and the possibilities of it’s powerhouse 24/7 daylight.
Adi can be reached at email@example.com
Faith Raymond – Hydroponics Greenhouse Coordinator
Faith was born here in Inuvik, and this is her third year working at the greenhouse. She is also known for her work with the youth of the community, and has traveled around the country advocating for Inuvialuit youth at conferences and summits.
“I love working with the greenhouse because food sustainability in the north is something I think we should all care about. Fresh groceries are a necessity, and bringing the community together is always inspiring and rewarding for us all.”
If Faith could be any vegetable, she would be an avocado: “I’m a bit of a softie, and I’m kinda sweet, but don’t forget that I can be hard core!”
Faith appreciates that the greenhouse has been providing delicious produce to our community. She firmly believes that everything tastes better when you’ve put the work in yourself! And this year, she’s all about the chickens: “I adore caring for them, and I can’t wait to hear their squawks and clucks!”
Born and raised in Inuvik, Kenny believes the greenhouse has always been a great place to work, while developing his gardening skills.
Considering himself a “bit of a wildcard,” Kenny would be a Fiddlehead, if he could be any type of vegetable. It might take time to get to know him, but people eventually learn he is “unconventional, weird…and awesome.”
Like many of us, Kenny is excited about the chickens: not only for their egg-laying skills, but the great company they provide. He can’t wait to get his hands “back into the dirt, and growing some beautiful plants this year.”
Ryley is from right here in Inuvik. He works at the greenhouse because he enjoys learning about gardening. He also finds it fulfilling to plant and harvest food, right here in the community.
When asked if he could be any vegetable, what would he be, he simply replied: “I’d be spinach.”
Originally from Oshawa, Ontario, Aeva-Grace has lived in Inuvik for 9 years as of this summer. Her fourth season with the Greenhouse, she really enjoys digging in the dirt and learning about different kinds of plants.
“I also have the best co-workers and that makes the job fun!”
Aeva-Grace really enjoyed working in the cafe last year: making coffee and serving all the guests “was the best!”
Andrena has lived in Aklavik since she was a child, having only just moved to Inuvik this spring. While gardening is a fairly new hobby for her, she is looking forward to the workshops in which we will learn to celebrate and preserve our local resources.
“I jumped at the opportunity to improve this skill while also developing relationships with community members. The greenhouse members and staff are so invigorating! I feel so uplifted after leaving work.”
If Andrena could be any vegetable, she would be a beet:
“At least, I look like one when the greenhouse gets hot!”
Whitley has only just moved to Inuvik from Ontario, and is excited to learn all about the North.
She is keen on learning more about gardening and plants, and is inspired by the hard work and dedication put into ensuring fresh food for the Northern communities.