Fun & Learning

Want to know more about soil sciences and gardening or producing food, beautifying your yard or optimizing soil reclamation projects North of 60? Whether you are completely green or quite experienced, our challenging conditions ensure that there's always much to learn!

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Adams, B. C., 2017. Cool Plants for Cold Climate: a Garden Designer's Perspective. University of Alaska Press. 239 p.

Adams, B. C., 2013. There's a Moose in my Garden: designing gardens in Alaska and the Far North. University of Alaska Press. 256 p.

Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR), 2020. Stories of Food, Culture and Community Resiliency - Building Sustainable Local and Traditional Food Systems as an Adaptation to Climate Change in the Yukon. webpage. June 3, 2020.

AICBR, 2017. Working Together to Grow More 4: Growing a Food Secure Yukon. Whitehorse, Yukon. Friendship, K., Pratt, M., Marion, H. 22 p.

AICBR, 2016. Working Together to Grow More 3: Community Gardener Gathering. Whitehorse, Yukon. . Marion, H. and Friendship, K., 32 p.

AICBR, 2015.Working Together to Grow More 2: Community Gardeners & Economic Development Gathering. Friendship, K. 31 p.

AICBR, 2014. Working Together to Grow More 1: Yukon Community Gardening Gathering. 56 p.

Brown G., 2018. Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture. Chelsea Green Publishing. 240 p.

Bryant Logan, W., 2007. Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. Book. W. W. Norton. 224 p.

Butler Walker, J., Kassi, N., Friendship, K., Pratt, M., 2017. Stories of Yukon Food Security. Northern Punblic Affairs. April 9, 2017.

Cox, J. et al., 2012. Biochar in Horticulture: Prospects for the use of biochar in Australian horticulture. Horticulture Australia Ltd. ISBN 978 1 74256 349 7.

Curtis, D., 2020. Sovereign Soil. Video. National Film Board of Canada.

Dawson, R., 2018. The Need to Grow. Documentary, 1h36m.

Downtown Urban Gardeners Society (DUGS) of Whitehorse, 2005. A Beginner's Gardening Guide for the Whitehorse Community Garden. 25 p.

Ecology North, 2016. Northern Backyard Farming: Booklet #4 Soil Health. Northwest Territories. ISBN 978-0-9951595-3-2.

Elchuk, S., 2015. Literature Review for the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Teaching and Working Farm. Yukon Research Centre, Yukon University. 18 p.

Farm West, 2015. Growing Degree Days. Online calculation tool.

Filteau, R.R. (Dick), 1987. Yukon Garden Handbook - A Collection of Helpful Techniques. Compiled and edited by M. Ames, S. Smith and P. C. Dribnenki. Yukon Government, Energy Mines and Resources (EMR), Ag Branch. 62 p. Hard copy available for consulting at Yukon Agricultural Association (YAA)'s office and for borrowing at EMR's library. Also available for purchase at Ag Branch's office ($20 + GST).

Finley, R., 2020. Master Class: Ron Finley Teaches Gardening. 10 video lessons (2h 7m).

Fisher, E., 2019. Compost teas for the organic grower. Permanent Publications. Hampshire, United Kingdom. 243 p.

Fortier, J.-M., 2020. Master Class.

Fortier, J.-M., 2019. Le jardinier maraîcher, manuel d'agriculture biologique sur petite surface. 2e édition. Écosociété. Livre. 240 p.

Fortier, J.-M., 2016. The Market Gardener, A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming. West Coast Permaculture Media. Book. 224 p.

Fox, L., 2020. Green Thumbs, Great Ideas. What's Up Yukon. May 20, 2020.

Fox, L., 2020. Gardening on the Cheap. What's Up Yukon. May 20, 2020.

Pratt, M., Friendship, K., Kassi, N., Butler Walker, J., 2016. Working Together Towards a Food Secure Yukon: Outcomes from Yukon Food Security Roundtable, An Evening on Food Security and Open House. May 18 - 19th, 2016. Whitehorse, Yukon. Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR). 52 p.

Gravel, G., 2020. L'agriculture en temps de pandémie: récolter des solutions. L'aurore boréale. 12 mai 2020.

Hill, T., 1998. Yukon Gardener's Manual. Hard copy available from YAA Office.

Hynes, E., 1994. Improving the soil. Rodale Press. 160 p.

Laverdière, M., 2020. Le monde selon Marthe - capsules aux Serres Li-Ma. Capsules Vidéo, Chaîne YouTube et Page Facebook.

Lowenfels, J., 2017.Teaming With Fungi: The Organic Grower's Guide to Mycorrhizae. Timber Press. 172 p.

Lowenfels, J., 2013. Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition. Timber Press. 250 p.

Lowenfels, J. and Lewis, W., 2010. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gadener's Guide to the Soil Food Web. Revised edition. Timber Press. 220 p.

Matheus and Omtzigt, 2011. Yukon Revegetation Manual: Practical Approaches and Methods. Yukon University. 176 p.

McFarlane, A., 2015. The Curious Gardener Explores Gardening North of 60. Video series (e.g. soil and the subarctic garden). Arlin McFarlane Film & Media.

Murphy. E., 2015. Building soil: a down-to-earth approach - natural solutions for better gardens and yards. Cool Springs. Minneapolis.

Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI), 2020. Training and Services: Intro Courses, Live Sessions, and Facebook Page. Hay River, Northwest Territories.

Penniman, L., 2018. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Libetation on the Land. Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 368 p.

Perkins, R., 2019. Regenerative Agriculture: A Practical Whole Systems Buide to Making Small Farms Work.

Pratt, M., 2019a. Map. Connect. Adapt. - Mobilizing Knowledge for Northern Community Climate Change Adaptation and Food Systems Development. Mobilize Knowledge Consulting.

Pratt, M., 2019b. Mapping Yukon Climate Change & Northern Food Systems Assets - Summary Report. Mobilize Knowledge Consulting. March 2019 - updated Oct 2019.

Rader, H., 2020. The Alaska Master Gardener Blog. Alaska Master Gardeners, volunteers with UAF Cooperative Extension Service.

Rader, H., 2012. An Alaska Gardener's Checklist for Fall and Winter. Hard copy available from YAA Office.

Reid, K., 2014. Improving your soil: a practical guide to soil management for the serious home gardener. Firefly Books. Richmond Hill, Ontario. 272 p.

Roberts, A. D., 2000. Alaska gardening guide volume 1: Alaska vegetables for northern climates. Publication Consultants. Anchorage, Alaska. 352 p.

Rosow, G. and Benenson, B., 2009. Dirt! The Movie. Documentary. 1h 26m.

Savory, A. and Butterfield, J., 2016. Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore our Environment. 3rd Edition.

Sitka, J., 2016. A Soil Owner's Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health. 108 p.

Thibault-Maloney, J., 2019. Souveraineté alimentaire dans le Nord: vers la fin d'une utopie? L'aurore boréale. 18 avril 2019.

Twa, A. Record Harvest at Inuvik Greenhouse Inspires New Initiatives. Cabin Radio. Northwest Territories. July 23, 2020.

University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2016. Alaska's Sustainable Gardening Handbook. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Cooperative Extension.

YG, 2020. Cultivating Our Future: 2020 Yukon Agriculture Policy. July 2020. Yukon Government

YG, 2016. Local Food Strategy: encouraging the production and consumption of Yukon-grown food 2016-2021. May 2016. Yukon Government.

YukonU, 2020. Yukon Master Gardener - GARD 010: Certificate Course. Yukon University, in partenership with Ag Branch.

YukonU, 2020. Northern Gardening: Individual Courses. Yukon University, in partenership with Ag Branch.