Credit: Sheena Adams

Tomato plants thrive in the world’s most northern greenhouse!

Waking up my first morning in my new home, I check the temperature online – it is minus 29°C. I am set to go to the greenhouse for orientation in a few hours but am so green to this – I don’t even know if it’s safe to go outside? I look out the window – nobody out there – must not be. Luckily, you can take a taxi in Inuvik for $5 anywhere; apparently this is the main way to get around. Having a vehicle requires plugging it in as it gets so cold.

When it is warm enough, everything in Inuvik is within walking distance. I am tired – last night at midnight the sun was still up so I had a hard time sleeping. There is snow everywhere yet the air feels so dry. The morning is bright. I wonder . . . how do plants thrive with 24 hours of light? It won’t be long before I can see for myself – soon we will have 24-hour daylight in Inuvik.

I head off to the greenhouse . . . my first impression . . . have I died and gone to heaven? It is awesome! A recycled ice arena, this is an enormous community greenhouse and garden. It has computerized alarms, venting and other great features that will really help me grow nice produce. The space is so bright and warm: it’s 20°C in here without any added heat, just sunlight! The views are fantastic as the greenhouse is on the second floor – unimaginable – a greenhouse on a second floor! A good number of plants have arrived by airplane and more are on their way – time for me to get organized! Luckily, the soil arrived – it’s hard to fly that in and the roads are set to close in about a week for six weeks!

Minus 29 seems doable if I can hide away in the greenhouse!