Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM on Saturday. Those present voted in a new board and also decided on an important question that was posed in our survey – how would you like to grow this year?

It turns out the majority of those present decided that we all want a stronger community atmosphere. We will be trying out a new greenhouse model this year and are very excited about it. Instead of individual plots, all members will be responsible for helping to grow everything in the greenhouse this year. And with changes comes a strong need to plan.

We will be holding our first Greenhouse planning session this Thursday (May 16) at 5:30 PM at the Nunavut Research Institute board room. If you are interested in becoming a greenhouse member this year or just want to know more, please come out to the meeting. We will be laying out the guidelines for how we want to grow, what seeds we will be planting and so much more. Bring snacks…or we can order dinner.

Be a part of an exciting new change for the ICGS! We hope to see you there!

Looking to dig in the dirt a little this summer? There is still plot space available in the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society for active gardeners this year. Grow your own veggies and herbs and join this wonderful community. Plots are shared between four individuals and each portion is available for $90 (includes society membership) or you can become a Friend of the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society for only $25!  We have space in approximately four more plots, so hurry!

Planting starts Saturday, June 30 at 9 AM. You can download the membership forms here at  http://www.iqaluitgreenhouse.com and find out more about the greenhouse and society.

Come grow with us!

Welcome to the new blog for the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society!

The 2011 planting season is about to begin!  Today we will be opening up the greenhouse to our members for a Meet and Greet event.  Come out to see your plots, meet your plotmates, pick out your seeds and learn about what grows well in a northern greenhouse.

Thanks to our operations volunteers that have come out to help with preparations in the past couple of weeks.  The plots are looking wonderful.  You’ll notice a few changes have been made.  We’ve converted three of the four rows from bins to bed-style plots.  We anticipate that this will help with drainage and mold issues that may have been seen in the past.  We are also keeping one of the rows for bin style planting – we are aware that there are a number of members interested in planting deep root vegetables, beans and potatoes – all of which thrive in the bins.  Please let us know if you prefer one or the other and we will try to accomodate your request.

We expect to have water available in the next week, so keep checking the blog and watch for emails with updates.  Until then, feel free to begin planting in your plots – you’ll just need to bring your own water to do so.

Just about ready to go!