Inuvik Community Greenhouse

Inuvik, NT

The Inuvik Community Greenhouse is the most northern greenhouse in North America located just above the 68th parallel, roughly 2 degrees north of the Arctic Circle. It is home to the Community Garden Society of Inuvik – a non-profit organization formed in November of 1998. The greenhouse is built within the framework of a previously abandoned arena, and provides a variety of fresh, organic produce for the community, in an area where such produce is not always available or economic. The building has become a destination for community members and a tourist attraction for this small northern community.

The building houses two areas: a community garden area with raised plots available to residents, and a 370 m2 commercial greenhouse located on the second floor. The commercial greenhouse produces bedding plants and hydroponic vegetables to cover operation and management costs. There are 170 half plots in the community garden that can be rented by members. There are also plots available for elders, group homes, children’s groups, the mentally disabled, and other local charities. Other programming spaces include storage, an office for staff, a classroom for gardening classes and a gift shop for local artists to sell crafts.