After a summer spent labouring on their gardens, community members may have to toss many of the vegetables because someone opened up a fire extinguisher inside the greenhouse.
Some of the garden plots are covered with white powder, which is not healthy to eat.
Peggy Jay, a regular gardener in Inuvik, said she was looking forward to some fresh carrots, onions and lettuce.
“It’s just disappointing in that the greenhouse is such a good thing for the community,” she said.
“It’s people’s effort and I think it’s awful what happened. I know I’m not going to give up gardening. I’ll still do it because I enjoy it. But I don’t think it’s right that someone else destroys things for other people.”
RCMP are investigating the vandalism.
Meanwhile, the community greenhouse board is offering compensation to gardeners — a $25 gift certificate to a local grocery store.
Earlier this month vandals broke into the food bank, and destroyed much of the food.