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Occurs on Monday February 17 2020

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 31 minutes


Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage
300 College Drive
Whitehorse YT Y1A 5X9


Performance Notes

× Dir. David Curtis | Yukon | 91 MIN | DOC Punch Passes accepted

At the far-flung edge of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, a handful of unlikely farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an otherwise unforgiving expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life.

Over the course of a year, West Dawson filmmaker David Curtis follows these resilient, unassuming farmers. One young family taps birch trees for syrup, homeschooling their children in the steam of boiling sap. A third-generation German horticulturalist, struggling to keep moose out of his broccoli, alters Dawson’s food supply while facing the limits of agriculture in the North. A young Indigenous man, raised hunting and trapping, who now weeds rows of lettuce on his self-governing First Nation’s working and teaching farm; the couple grafting fruit trees; the tomato wizard grappling with chronic illness; and the matriarch who can shoot and quarter a moose, are all in it for the same reason—to feed their community local food and because of their profound love of the land.

Recommended for ages 10+ Filmmakers and subjects in attendance.