- Registration for the Community Gardener Gathering Is Now Closed -

Please come to the free, public event, March 14th (7-9pm) 

growing in community

(co-hosted by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research & Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition; CYO Hall, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 406 Steele St.)

Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00 - 9pm

**Moving forward towards food security in Yukon: How growing can bring community together**

Join our panel of local food experts and hear updates on local food strategy work in Yukon (i.e. Yukon Food Security Roundtable, YG-Local Food Strategy, City of Whitehorse-Local Food & Urban Agriculture Strategy)


4th Community Gardener Gathering – Working Together to Grow More 4: Growing a Food Secure Yukon, on March 14th and 15th, 2017

Seniors Residence (basement), Yukon College, Whitehorse

Details:

We have welcomed members from all Yukon communities in past years and hope to have a community garden grower from each community at this event.  Please share this information with other members of your community who run Yukon community gardens, or who are interested in becoming more involved in the development of community gardens. (See summaries & reports from previous gatherings here.)

Participants decide the focus of the gatherings.  At last year’s gathering topics ranged from growing and management techniques, to weather patterns and compost handling issues.  The 54 attendees enthusiastically shared their expertise throughout.  Three years of inter-agency support for community gardens is showing:  Eight new community gardens were established in 2016 as well as the Tr'ondëk Hwech'in Teaching and Working Farm in Dawson City, with more and more initiatives starting up all over the territory. There is a definite passion for growing and food security in Yukon. Come share your knowledge and expertise with other growers and learn more about how you can contribute to building a more food secure territory! Registration for the Gathering is now open! Registration is now closed.

Agenda:

Tuesday March 14th, 2017

8:15am - Breakfast & Registration

9:00aM - Opening Prayer

9:00am - 12:00pm - Morning Session:

  • Yukon Community Gardens - Presentation & Roundtable:
    • Randy Lamb: Downtown Urban Gardeners - 20 Years of Successes & Challenges
    • Agnes Seitz: Models for Community Gardening
    • Dexter McCrae: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Teaching & Learning Farm
    • Chris Bartsch: Solar root-zone heating
  • Sharing & Learning from Last Year’s Experiences-Community Updates (*Please bring photos/display of your community garden to share with others!*)

 - Break -

  • Challenges & Obstacles to Community Gardening - Panel: Morning Presenters + Open Discussion

 

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 - 5:00pm - Afternoon Session:

  • Building Soil from the Ground Up (Beginner & Advanced Stream) - Heidi Marion, Agnes Sietz & Bart Bounds (*BRING YOUR SOIL SAMPLES*)
  • Strategies for Setting Up Community Composting - Randy Lamb
  • Greenhouse Design in the Yukon - Extending the Growing Season - Bob Sharp
 

[Rural Communities] Dinner & Information session

Location: Yukon College, Rm 1440

Tuesday march 14th, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

  • Food Cost Monitoring Project

Join Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, with support from AICBR for an information session regarding the "Food Cost Monitoring Project". This dinner is intended for community members outside of Whitehorse who want to provide their input on the Yukon Food Cost Monitoring Project's design. 

 

[Public] Evening Event

(co-hosted by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research & Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition)

Location: CYO Hall, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 406 Steele St.

Tuesday March 14th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Growing in Community **Moving forward towards food security in Yukon: How growing can bring community together**

Join our panel of local food experts and hear updates on local food strategy work in Yukon (i.e. Yukon Food Security Roundtable, YG-Local Food Strategy, City of Whitehorse-Local Food & Urban Agriculture Strategy)

Panelists:

  • Kim Hickman, YG-Health Promotion: From the Ground Up
  • Alice Boland, Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation Community Greenhouse
  • Carrie Boles, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre
  • Sarah Ouellette, Kids on the Farm
  • Randy Lamb, Yukon Government: Local Food Strategy
  • Jody Butler Walker, AICBR: Yukon Food Security Roundtable
  • Larissa Lychenko & Jordan Stackhouse, City of Whitehorse: Local Food & Urban Agriculture Strategy                             

Wednesday march 15th, 2017

8:15am - Breakfast

9:00am - 12:30pm - Morning Session:

  • Elders PanelSharing from Experience and Vision for the Future
  • Localizing the Economy: Market Gardening - Sheila Alexandrovich & Joan Norberg
    •  Value-added Products & Approaches
  • Food Pricing in Yukon - Kate Mechan
    • What is the role of community in growing and processing food? How do we price our
      products? Establishing a baseline for Yukon; Cost of Food project
  • Building a Yukon First Nation Food Network - Norma Kassi

12:30 - 1:30pm lunch

2:00 - 4:00pm - Afternoon Session:

  • Afternoon Field Tours (*Come prepared for the weather-rubber boots!*)
    • Elemental Farm (Takhini River Road, Km 5.6) - Kate Mechan & Bart Bounds
    • Aurora Mountain Farm (Takhini River Road, Km 10.5) - Tom Rudge

- OR -

  •  Open Space for Networking at the Yukon College Senior's Residence

A Big thank you to our wonderful sponsors!