Gamètı Greenhouse & Farm Continues to Grow

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March 12, 2019

It all started during a public meeting the in the summer of 2014 when Gamètı residents identified the cost of food among the factors that they felt were hindering the growth and development of their community.

A 21,000 square foot garden was planted in the community to grow potatoes, corn, tomatoes, carrots and peas.  Residents were responsible for the activities required to keep the garden healthy including: plowing, planting, fertilizing, watering, weeding, pest & disease control.

Funding for the Garden was provided, in part, by Ecology North, the Northern Farm Training Institute, the Tlicho Government and the GNWT’s Departments of Education, Culture and Employment and Industry, Tourism and Investment.

Since 2014 that garden has expanded to encompass 1.5 acres!

As any gardener will tell you, not all varieties work in the North.  Gamètı experimented with different types of potatoes and found the Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Russet and Red potato varieties adapted the best and offered a high yield.

In 2016 a 1,500 square foot greenhouse was constructed to expand the growing season for corn, tomatoes, peas – and even sunflowers!   The community is also experimenting with different breeds of chickens for eggs, poultry and other small livestock for community consumption.

The chickens and turkeys loved to forage in the greenhouse.

While the Gamètı Community Greenhouse & Garden continues to find ways to improve and grow local farming and gardening in their community, the community government is pleased with the outcomes they are seeing.  In addition to reducing poverty, pollution and the cost of healthy food options, the garden project has yielded jobs, increased health and a sense of improved employability for the community members behind its success.

By the numbers:

Garden Production (2014-2018 cumulative)

The department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is proud to be a supporting partner in this project.