Operations Volunteers


Welcome to August and (knock on wood!) a bit of summer once more!

With the sun shining brightly, we’ll have to remember to check on the greenhouse to ensure the plants are being watered sufficiently. If you have signed up for the Operations Subcommittee, now’s your time to shine! Sign up for the watering schedule so we can take advantage of the sunshine and kickstart our new plants.

On a more serious note, please ensure that both the front and back doors are closed and locked securely once you leave the greenhouse. If you are having trouble getting the doors to lock, please speak to a board member or let us know via email as soon as possible.

As there has been slower growth with our lettuce crops, we will not be holding today’s supplementary greens harvest. We apologize for the inconvenience, but will see you on Monday, August 10 for our regularly scheduled work party/harvest.

Yesterday, we chatted with APTN’s Kent Driscoll about growing food in Iqaluit. Keep an eye on APTN News in the coming days for his report!

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With a bit more water and sunshine, our lettuce crops will be ready for another harvest!

Even with the dreary weather in Iqaluit these past few weeks, our plants are thriving! To ensure that we get maximum productivity from all of our plants – primarily our greens – we will be holding additional harvests to keep the lettuce, spinach and kale healthy and happy. That means you can pick fresh food at the greenhouse every four days!

Our Google Calendar will be updated shortly to reflect the additional harvest parties. We realize that this may not last all summer, so always check the calendar for the most up to date events.

Don’t forget…we will be harvesting tomorrow from 5 PM to 7 PM. See you at the greenhouse to celebrate Nunavut Day!

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Are you looking to help with the greenhouse this year? We need people to help with watering. For more details and to get access to our watering calendar, please email icgsops@gmail.com.

We may not be growing something as spectacular as this flowered Canadian flag, but we think growing our own food in the arctic is still a pretty Canadian thing to do. Come on out to the greenhouse on Canada Day starting at 3 PM. This could be our first harvest of the summer!

Don’t forget to join us Saturday, May 30 at 11am at the greenhouse. That’s tomorrow! We’ll be planting! You can also sign up to volunteer for committees. See you there!

Not a member yet? Visit the Become A Member section of our site to join online today!

The snow is melting and the greenhouse is heating up! It’s almost time to plant.

Things always get busier this time of year. Don’t forget to check out our online calendar. We’ll be adding more events as the summer approaches.

For now, here’s what’s on the agenda…

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM to 1 PM – Work Party

It’s our first work party of the year! Come out to help us prep the soil for planting. We’ll be cleaning up what we can around the greenhouse and working to thaw out our compost in the outdoor bins. You can also sign up for proposed committees and we’ll chat about what we’ll be planting. Become a member if you haven’t yet, too. The temperatures inside the greenhouse are warm enough so that we’re hoping to get some radishes in the beds.

Tuesday, May 19 – Trivia Night (tentative)

We’re still confirming a venue, but we have loads of questions ready to stump you. Help us raise funds to assist with our operating costs. Always a great time and we definitely also think it’s a worthy cause.

Saturday, May 30, 11 AM to 1 PM – Work Party/Full Greenhouse Plant

We’re aiming for our earliest planting in the greenhouse ever. We’ve been monitoring our temperatures for the past couple of seasons and have decided to make this our day. There will be lots of work to do, so come out with your families and join the ICGS this year. We have so many exciting things planned!

Don’t forget – it’s harvest day! Join us at 5:30 to harvest some fresh food for the week.

The ICGS is also beginning a member-based pilot project for composting. Please see below for further information.

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Composting facts

We need your help! Please come out to the greenhouse to help us prepare for an upcoming special event. We will be meeting at around noon on Saturday to clean up the greenhouse and grounds so it’s in great shape. More details to follow on the excitement. Hope to see you there!

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The greenhouse is growing so much that we will be holding a bonus harvest tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM.  Stop by to harvest some wonderful produce and then come out to trivia night at the Kickin’ Caribou Pub for 7 PM.  If you are unable to make the harvest, but would like us to put your share aside, please contact us to let us know!

Never visited the greenhouse?  Now’s a great time to check us out! During the upcoming work party on Sunday, we will also be holding a bake sale and barbecue.  Rain or shine, we will be at the greenhouse, grilling up burgers and selling some freshly baked items.  If you would like to donate baked goods to the sale, please ensure that you bring them to the greenhouse by 10:45 AM.  Bring your appetites!

Bake Sale-BBQ August 17

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for our regularly scheduled work party and harvest.  We start at 11 AM!

Keep an eye out for updates on the next harvest – we’re planning a barbecue and bake sale to coincide.

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