The Government of Yukon has recognized Sarah Ouellette, operator of Sarah’s Harvest, as Yukon’s 2019 Farmer of the Year.
Ms. Ouellette’s small-scale certified organic farm near Lake Laberge produces high-quality vegetables for sale at various locations around Whitehorse. Ms. Ouellette was recognized for her professional, highly skilled operation that not only produces high-quality food, but is also a place that contributes to Yukoners’ knowledge and appreciation of agriculture.
Ms. Ouellette is involved with many organizations that advocate and move Yukon agriculture forward. She has been involved with Growers of Organic Food Yukon, the Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee and the Fireweed Community Market. Ms. Ouellette also has been coordinator of the very successful Kids on the Farm program.
The Government of Yukon presented the award to Sarah Ouellette at the local food banquet held Saturday evening as part of the Yukon’s 32nd annual North of 60 Agriculture Conference.
Sarah Ouellette is a perfect example of a farmer who shows the commitment and passion for agriculture in Yukon and we can not think of a better person to honour with Farmer of the Year. Her production is well-planned and well-suited to her climate and soil conditions. Her extensive community involvement and enthusiasm have brought a great appreciation of Yukon farming and incredible local food to many Yukon children and households.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai
Sarah Ouellette has been farming for six years and her certified organic operation is currently established at the Lendrum Ross Farm on Lake Laberge.
The Government of Yukon works with the farming community each year to choose a Yukon Farmer or Farm Family of the Year. The award is given to a farmer, farm family or farm advocate in the community who shows the commitment and passion for agriculture that shows excellence in accomplishments, volunteerism, good farm management skills, and use of innovative ideas.