Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Farm

TH Farm is a teaching farm located at Km 699.2 of the North Klondike Highway. The farm is focused on sustainable agriculture and teaching sustainable farming to TH citizens. Eggs, meat, and produce raised at the farm are available for purchase in local markets, or directly through the farm.

TH Farm is located at KM 699 on the N. Klondike Hwy just 14 km southeast of Dawson City, Yukon, nestled on the banks of the Klondike River. Once the centre of the Gold Rush, now the site is at the heart of a bold new project to help with the revival of northern farming, improve food security in the North, and develop the only First Nations working farm north of the 60th parallel in Canada.

Only 2-4 percent of the food consumed in the Yukon is grown in the territory. Yet TH Farm sits on a prime location to flourish. Dawson City hosts some of the best growing conditions around. The land is rich with fertile topsoil since the locale evaded glacial erosion over geological eras.

With all that in mind, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in set out to establish a sustainable, local supply of organic food that provides fresh, healthy meals and benefits the land.

The Yukon Research Centre provides invaluable assistance in working on new and innovative ways and means of successful food production in this arctic shoulder environment. In addition, the Government of Yukon’s agriculture department has added TH Farm to its list of farms that will assist the territory in meeting Yukon’s agriculture strategies.

The growing season typically starts the third week of May and lasts until the end of August. Root vegetables normally remain safe from freezing in the ground well into September. Although the temperature can dip below zero on occasional late-spring and summer nights, the land of the midnight sun gives off more than the average hours of daylight to support a shorter growing season.

Fournier Dairy Farm 1949
Fournier’s dairy farm, 1949. (YA 2000/49 #64)
Fournier’s farm taken from a plane 1949
Fournier’s farm taken from a plane coming in to land, June 7, 1949. (YA 2000/49 #519)

Establishing TH Farm

On September 19th, 2014 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) entered into a formal memorandum of understanding with Yukon College (YC) / Yukon Research Centre (YRC) for the creation of a year-round northern TH Teaching & Working Farm (TH Farm) on suitable TH Farming Settlement Land in the Yukon, Klondike, Dawson City region. From this agreement, the TH Farm was born. In 2015, a modest vegetable patch was established, marking the first new growth in the area since the early- to mid- 1900s.

In 2016, the TH Farm’s first crop of students completed their first year of farming education. They learned a variety of skills, including seed production and planning, care and maintenance of seedlings, weeding and pest control, and harvesting.

In early 2017, the TH Farm introduced a formal curriculum to the TH Farm School, and expanded its selection of produce and vegetables with a berry patch and apple trees, and later plans for a year-round green house. It also added small animal husbandry, starting with chickens, piglets, and rabbits.

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Address: TH Farm, Km 699, North Klondike Highway, Dawson City, YT, Canada.


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Farm Manager

Derrick Hastings

993-7100 ext. 445

Farm Administrator

Johnathon Robinson

993-7100 ext. 445