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Current Projects

Since its formation and inaugural meeting in February 2010, and defining its strategic plan and priorities in March, 2010, the YAA/CAAP Council has approved eight projects under CAAP, - one in 2010, (completed), and seven in 2011, (all ongoing). One 2011 project which Yukon Council approved (YT1107) is presently awaiting authorization from AAFC as a Council led project.

The Yukon projects to date are:


YT1001 Community Situation Mapping Project and Ag Study Review and Summary


YT1101 Increasing self sufficiency in yukon's agricultural sector through the use of biochar.
YT1102 Dawson Community Food Survey and Market Expansion Strategy
YT1103 Nutrient Conversion – Waste to Feedstuff
YT1104 Analysis of Waste management Strategies for On-Farm Meat Processing
YT1105 Sustainability and Expansion Potential for Irrigated Agriculture in the Yukon Territory. (Note: this was submitted to and approved by AAFC as a Council led project.)
YT1106 Hydro-Kinetic Agricultural Power Project – Yukon (awaiting Env Assmt)
YT1107 Development of a proposal to produce a model for sustainable agriculture in the Yukon. (Note: this proposal was fwd to AAFC on July 8/11 for authorization as a Council led project.)
In addition to the above CAAP projects, Yukon has three ongoing ACAAF projects;
YT0705 Perennial Research Project
YT0802 Meat Processing Infrastructure Working Group
YT0807 Agriculture Research Foundation

YT0901 - 'The Boreal Herbal' Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North


The Boreal Herbal is a book which describes in vivid but very readable detail a host of plants that grow in Yukon and the circumpolar north as well as in many other jurisdictions. It lists their medicinal properties, herbal treatments that may be made from them, recipes for using them for food and beverages and the maintenance of general health, plus other interesting and valuable information, including what someone would need to know to start his/her own business.

The author, Bev Gray, is an expert herbalist and owner of Aroma Borealis, a very successful business located in Whitehorse (visit the website). She produces many of her store's products locally from scratch using wild ingredients that she carefully harvests by hand from Yukon's pristine natural environment. Her products are unique and are sought by customers far and wide. 







YT1001- Community Situation Mapping Project and Ag Review and Summary

The purpose of their project was to determine the feasibility of building a year round local food system, and to identify the gaps and barriers which are presently hindering the realization of that goal. The project has two parts: 1) a situation mapping workshop, and, 2) a review of the industry studies to date (literature review) to determine what information is missing and the issues that still have to be addressed to move the industry forward.









YT0502 - Legume Culture Study



Other Reports

Multi-Use Facility Feasibility Study: Phase One

Multi-Use Facility Feasibility Study: Phase Three


YT0604 Pillar I-Craft Fibre Mill Feasibility Study

View the report.

This report will present applied research into the feasibility of buying, setting up and operating a craft fibre mill in the Whitehorse area. Information will be compiled on at least two different manufacturers of fibre mills.

There will be data on mills sizes and capacities, equipment required for start-up, building requirements, operator training and a preliminary financial plan.

Information will be gathered from internet sources, phone communication and personal visits to existing mills and local producers.

Currently there are no local fibre mills that can process fibre from local producers. Fibres currently produced and used include wool, cashmere, angora, mohair, alpaca, qivuit, flax fibre, dog-hair and novelty yarns from bear, wolf and coyote. All fibre gathered, currently has to be shipped to Alberta, British Columbia or Prince Edward Island for processing. Both shipping costs and turn around time can be prohibitive. Quite often there is no guarantee that the raw fibre you send in to larger mills will be the finished product returned.

Milling fibre locally with a small craft mill could provide:

  • an increase in the number of fibre producers (farms)
  • decreased costs to producers for transportation
  • quicker turnaround time with a guarantee on return of your own fibre product
  • creation of new jobs
  • ability to brand a "Northern" niche market product
  • a noticeably better fibre in conjunction with a colder climate
  • a market for muskox fibre (qivuit) from the Wildlife Preserve
  • new money brought into the Yukon through processing contracts with outside producers
  • future returns in value added products like knitted items or felt