Who We Are
YukonGrow is a Duteau Bioresource enterprise, owned and operated in Yukon by Michel Duteau, Biol. MSc (est. 2016).
YukonGrow’s mission is to support the local gardening, farming, cannabis, hydroponics, landscaping and soil engineering (e.g. reclamation, remediation, hydroseeding) communities in optimizing grow conditions through supply and services related to living soils, grow amendments and grow media ‒starting with the Yukon.
What we envision is a community of successful growers throughout Canada's North and beyond making best usage of local ingredients wherever possible and growing on regenerative principles.
Following multi-year ideation by Mr. Duteau, the YukonGrow model started to take shape as part of Northlight Innovation Bootcamp’s first cohort in fall 2019, where a market validation exercise was initiated for Yukon-made biochar and other soil amendments. An unprecedented demand from hobby gardeners arising out of stay-at-home measures and (re)discovery of the entertainment, therapeutic and food sovereignty benefits of gardening resulting from the COVID-19 situation spurred the launch of our e-commerce website with afferent FB page in Summer 2020. This allowed for brand awareness and early-stage market positioning as subject matter expert (audience of >450 followers as of February 2021) and fostered the development of a budding clientele (sales of approx. $2,500 in 2020).
Building on the experience and momentum of 2020, YukonGrow is now working on scaling up with the development of sustainable high yielding living soil blends made here in the Yukon, by Yukoners, and adapted to our unique conditions up here. These will be uniquely based on inoculated biochar and will make use of local ingredients wherever we can. In particular, we are looking to upcycle products generated by the local agri-food industry that currently are considered as ‘waste’. For instance, we want to make best usage of local compost, manure, offal (e.g. blood meal, bone meal, feather meal, fish emulsion/sileage), spent grain (malt waste, spent mushroom grow media), and slash. Pre-orders are now open until April 30th on our upcoming gardening blends (garden mix, raised bed mix, basket & container gardening mix), with distribution starting May 13, 2021 (see Soil Blends for details). The series will later be completed with specialized blends such as a seed starting (seedling) mix, a potting mix, a tree & shrub mix, a flower/cannabis mix, a lawn mix, and potentially others on demand.
In January 2021, YukonGrow was selected as one of the three first high-potential companies to embark IncubateNorth, a business development program powered by TD at YukonU’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This new collaboration is meant to help us shape the future and shall bring us closer to producing our own biochar and to replicating the process model beyond Yukon, for instance Alberta and BC.
Duteau Bioresource works for the (re)generation and maintenance of resilient ecosystems and infrastructures. We strongly believe that all natural elements and human beings have an intrinsic value and that everyone should have an equitable access to the many and varied outcomes that ecosystems can provide ‒across current groups as much as across generations. This includes resources and services such as clean drinking water, decomposition of waste, carbon sequestration/climate regulation, cognitive and spiritual benefits, and energy and food provision.
We are an impact-driven, audacious, business-oriented enterprise. We are proud to innovate and serve the needs of our clients by bringing novel ideas to the table. We prize collaboration with other professionals and hold attention to amplifying the message of historically marginalized peoples and fostering belonging. We have a wholistic approach and aspire to cultivating a true understanding, respect and connectivity amongst individuals and their natural environment.
With a prime expertise in biology and chemistry as it applies to water & sanitation, freshwater ecosystems, agriculture, soil sciences, bioenergy, and processes/ecological engineering, Duteau Bioresource offers supplies and services in cleantech and environmental sciences.
Duteau Bioresource is committed to promoting a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, contractors, customers and suppliers. We believe that all work-related illnesses and injuries can be prevented, that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and that training personnel to work safely is essential. We recognize that illness and injury prevention has a direct impact on worker’s moral, productivity, customer satisfaction, and company’s success. To us, safety starts with treating everyone with dignity and respect and puts a special emphasis on well-being and mental health. It also includes the development and usage of safety standards, procedures, and practices for every operation. We acknowledge that people are fallible, and that even the best make mistakes. With a culture of continuous improvement, we strive for maturity through continued learning.