Added by on 2017-03-28

http://www.inuvikgreenhouse.com/1_2_History.html Today we have a very special episode for you. As you all know I garden in Zone 3 here in the Capital Region of Alberta. Now most people think that I live and garden on the northern reaches of the possible. Well today we are going to travel 1952 kilometres or 1213 miles just about due north to the community of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Inuvik sits on the delta of the machenzie river right before it flows into the beauford sea above the arctic circle. Now I know what your thinking this is too far north for gardening right? In fact gardening is well and alive this far north in 1998 the transformation began of an old arena and through innovative design and recycling it was not long until the community garden was producing its first vegetables. The facility is split between public community gardens and a commercial growing operation to cover the costs of operation. The facility not only boasts soil raised beds but hydroponics as well. When you think of growing in the Arctic you are drawn to think of the cold as the limiting factor after all our growing zones are defined by how cold it gets in the winter. Inuvik is firmly in the lowest growing Zone 0 A. This is not a problem in their greenhouse as inuvik enjoys 56 days of 24hour sunlight from late June to august effectively super charging their season. They are able to grow a wide variety of crops from leafy greens to watermelons. The Inuvik Community Greenhouse is a great example of alternate ways we can bring gardening into our lives and a little more food security to our communities. If Inuvik can do it we can all do it! I appreciate you spending time with […]

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  • Mark Mabasa 10 months ago

    Hey I've seen a few of your videos and find yours videos interesting.  I like this video because I wanted to start something like this in my city.  But whats your opinion on hydroponics?  Or is it better to grow fruits and veggies in natural soil?  

  • OhHowHappyGardener 10 months ago

    Wow, how did you find out about this community? Looks like they know what they're doing.

  • marloef11 10 months ago

    This is fabulous. I used to live in Inuvik and remember the produce that the Hudson's Bay Company offered + Bill Rutherford would haul in fruits and veggies and miscellaneous items from the Okanagen and the South. I love this initiative as a community garden. It's educational also for children, so they know where there food comes from… Wonderful initiative and a wonderful video. Thank you for posting…

  • Lorraine Stiles 10 months ago

    I had a garden raised bed in this greenhouse. I grew asparagus and even had lots of tomatoes and cucumbers.

  • ciaodatutti 10 months ago

    Very impressive.
    thanks for sharing

  • krazytrinisteve 10 months ago

    Thank you for this awesome informative video.

  • suburban homestead 10 months ago

    Watermelons!!!!!!! I can't ever complain about the winter anymore.

  • Jeff Bernhard 10 months ago

    Stephen, Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed that.  What do they do when the days are mostly dark?  Is there artificial light sources they use?

  • Southpaw Davey urban farm. 10 months ago

    Wow that's something else great post Shows what can be done.

  • Austin Family Gardening Channel 10 months ago

    That was really cool !

  • Gardening in Norway 10 months ago

    Nice!
    I have seen so lovely botanic gardens far, far north in Norway as well that really blew my eyes out. If you google "Bioforsk Svanhovd", there`s some pictures of the place.
    I was there three years ago due to a biological survey job, and have loads of photos from this wonderful place. I`ve been thinking of putting together a vid from the photos taken during these expeditions from the far north.

    All the best,
    Halvor.

  • Conrad Cardinal 10 months ago

    I first heard about their project a few years ago on a gardening show that, unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of. It was based out of Manitoba, but had a special episode on the Inuvik Community Greenhouse. I was unaware that they had a website for the project however, so thanks for providing it!

  • Garth Carl 10 months ago

    Just goes to show what you can do with a little determination and local support.

  • OneYardRevolution | Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening 10 months ago

    Watermelons in zone 0A! How cool is that! It's great to see people growing in a community garden in the Arctic circle. Thanks for sharing, Stephen.

  • Keyplayr61 Greenhouse Hydroponics And Gardens 10 months ago

    Man, that's awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us, Stephen!

  • Eco Oasis 10 months ago

    What a cool video Stephen…thanks for sharing and educating us!!!!

  • Chris Towerton 10 months ago

    Very cool!  (Potential pun intended 😉

  • MrChipGardener 10 months ago

    Really impressive endeavour that they have going there! I hope that many people in the world get to see this. 

    Also amazing that they repurposed an arena for this when I've seen a handful of them basically abandoned.

    Great idea for a video. Thanks!

  • atizeg 10 months ago

    This video brings back my hope that I can grow something. 🙂 Thanks Stephen.

  • Ben Jamin 10 months ago

    That's awesome Stephen. Thanks for sharing. 24 hrs of daylight seems like a dream for growing in. It must be near impossible in winter without an external light and heat source though.