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)
of Organic Food Yukon Members
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
© Growers of Organic Food Yukon 2014