Government of Yukon

FOR RELEASE     #10-168
September 1, 2010

Circumpolar conference seeds ideas for Yukon agriculture

WHITEHORSE – Ten Yukoners are heading to Alta, Norway next week to sow their perspectives and reap the ideas of international experts on farming in the North at the Circumpolar Agricultural Conference to be held September 6 to 8.

“This conference is an exciting opportunity for our delegation to share Yukon expertise with the circumpolar community and bring back new ideas on northern agriculture,” Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Patrick Rouble said.

The Circumpolar Agricultural and Land Use Resources - Prospects and Perspectives for Circumpolar Productions and Industries Conference will feature presentations on climate change, circumpolar food products, traditional knowledge and rural tourism. The Yukon delegation includes representatives from government, industry associations, community gardens, education, business and the research community.

“This conference will provide us with the chance to learn what is happening in other northern communities and to share our own experiences,” Aroma Borealis Herb Shop owner Bev Gray said. “This exchange has the potential to inspire new market opportunities and relationships, both in the broader circumpolar region and at home in Yukon.”

This will be the seventh conference held since 1992 when Yukon hosted the first Circumpolar Agriculture Conference in Whitehorse. The conference is just one of a wide range of regional, national and international programs and organizations that Yukon participates in as part of our continuing work on sustainable development in the circumpolar region.

Funding to attend the conference was provided through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative supporting a profitable and innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-business sector.

To learn more about how the Yukon government is supporting agriculture in the North, visit


See backgrounder below.


Emily Younker
Cabinet Communications


Chris Wearmouth
Communications, Energy, Mines & Resources


Backgrounder: 2010 Circumpolar Agricultural Conference Delegation

Jeannie Burke 


Arctic Health Yukon


Bonnie Dalziel 


Seniors’ Residence Gardens


Bev Gray 


Aroma Borealis Herb Shop
Presentation on medicinal plants of the northern boreal forest.


Chad Gubala 


Gubala Consulting, Inc.


Tony Hill 


Government of Yukon Agriculture Branch
Chairing a plenary session on education and knowledge.


Randy Lewis 


R.L. Resource Management
Presenting his paper entitled A Basis for Community and Economic Development.


Ralph Mease 


Yukon Agricultural Association


Rick Tone


Yukon Agricultural Association


Lisa Werther


Growers of Organic Food Yukon
Poster presentation entitled Soil Treatment Effect on Biomass Production in the Yukon, Canada.


Ingrid Wilcox 


Consultant and educator for the greenhouse and gardening community.