Indigenous households across Canada experience food insecurity at a rate nearly twice that of non-Indigenous. To help address this issue locally, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) partnered with Yukon College to create a farm capable of sourcing fresh produce and other food staples in a sustainable way within TH traditional territory and Settlement Lands. The project was awarded $500,000 to build a cold-climate greenhouse, the first of its kind in Yukon. The goal of the project is to transform the farm into an operation capable of sustaining local production and providing experiential learning opportunities for up to 10 months of the year, doubling the growing season. The final design is also deployable to other Yukon First Nations and northern communities seeking to implement localized solutions to food security challenges.
Have a look at this update on the TH Farm with Team Leader, Derrick Hastings: