Growers of Organic Food Yukon

 

P.O. Box 20228
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 7A2

Growers of Organic Food Yukon (GoOFY), a Yukon association, promotes organic practices and provides support, education, and advocacy about organic growing and processing.

Next meeting: TBA (coming soon - there's snow on the mountains and gardens will be put to bed and it will be time to gather and reminisce about the season just past and dream about the season to come)

Newsletters (PDF)
(opens in a new window - pick up a paper copy at the Thursday evening FCMS Outdoor Market)

Issue 15.1 - May 14
Issue 15.2 - May 21
Issue 15.3 - May 28
Issue 15.4 - June 4
Issue 15.5 - June 11
Issue 15.6 - June 18
Issue 15.7 - June 25
Issue 15.8 - July 2
Issue 15.9 - July 9
Issue 15.10 - July 16
Issue 15.11 - July 23
Issue 15.12 - July 30
Issue 15.13 - August 6
Issue 15.14 - August 13
Issue 15.15 - August 20
Issue 15.16 - August 27
Issue 15.17 - September 4
Issue 15.18 - September 10


Growers of Organic Food Yukon Members
(membership for 2015) $20/individual or $35/farm.

Certified Organic Members (CO)
Anarchy Farm
Members in Transition (T)
Needle Mountain Food Forest
Linda Anderson
Little Stint
Circle D Ranch (T)
Mary-El Kerr
Claire Desmarais
Molly MacDonald
Elemental Farm (T)
 
Sarah and Duncan's Farm
 
Her N' Wam Farm (CO)
 
Jana Swales
Valerie Whelan
 
Mark Andruskiw
Etienne Tardif
  Lone Sorenson Narrow Gate Farm
  Erica Heuer Dustin Doentian
  Krista Roske D&R Permaculture

Farm Membership: $35 per year (up to 2 votes); Individual Membership: $20 per year

Members who would like to create a farm website, or link to their site from this one, please call Simone 393-4628.


Kids on the Farm - Phase 5 is underway. Visit the Kids on the Farm website to see the farm profiles of farms participating in the program this year and to book tours.

 

Phase 1 included a farm survey, development of a program guide and farm catalogue, and indentified farms and schools interested in participating in the program. Phase 2 was a pilot project to formalize a farm tour program for Whitehorse classes from kindergarten through grade twelve. Phase 3 saw the creation of a farmer's handbook and teacher's handbook. Funding for Phase IV provided assistance to schools and farms for tours in 2014 and now Phase 5 is underway with partial funding for the program for the next three years.

Curious Gardener - showcasing farms and farmers in the Yukon with host Arlin McFarlane. Season 1 is now ready to go! You can "like" them on Facebook and watch the videos online: thecuriousgardener.ca. For slower connections, you may want to try the Curious Gardener channel on YouTube.

Important Documents

GoOFY Workplan Yukon Agriculture vision for 2020
GoOFY Position on GM Alfalfa  


Organic Federation of Canada/Fédération biologique du Canada (OFC/FBC)

The Canadian Organic Standard has been adopted. Certified organic producers in the territory may now include the Canada Organic logo on their product labels (as long as they are inspected each year). Joanne Jackson Johnson represents the territory organic producers on the council.

Copies of the standard can be obtained from Matt at the Yukon Agriculture Branch office or from Canadian Organic Growers.

Other great links related to certification:
Dalhousie University - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada
USDA - Organic Extension Services

Projects and Ideas

A group of livestock farmers are working together to mill organic grain into livestock feed. Contact Cory Gordon if you are interested in investing in equipment for this project or sampling a tote of locally milled feed.

What's Up Yukon columnist, Joan Norberg, writes a farming/gardening column called Frost to Frost.

Tom and Simone Rudge maintain the Yukon Food website and welcome submission of articles or suggestions for updates. For a $50 contribution to the Growers of Organic Food Yukon, we'll host a page for your farm too.


If you live in the Yukon (or northern BC), come join other local farmers and gardeners who are interested in using organic growing methods.

You don't need to be big and you don't need to be certified. Find out how to get the best tasting, healthiest food from your garden or farm.

Farm membership $35/year, individuals $20/year.



Yukon Contact Information

Phone: (867) 633 4201
Email: lendrumross (at) northwestel.net

P.O. Box 20228
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 7A2


Feeling out of the loop? There's a slew of great books out there. Many can be borrowed from the Public Libraries in the Yukon, or the Energy, Mines and Resources library on the third floor of the Elijah Smith building, or COG members can request books from the COG library. We now have our own library too in the office in Shipyards Park. Any member can borrow or contribute books, videos, or magazines.

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