First we eat, then we do everything else.”
Suzanne Crocker, an award winning filmmaker and retired family doctor, has challenged herself to spend one year eating only food local to Dawson City, Yukon – a remote Northern Canadian community at 64° north, 300 km south of the Arctic Circle – to create a public conversation about food self-sufficiency with communities across the North.
First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 will celebrate the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and knowledge of Northern Canadians and our relationship to the land through the food that we hunt, fish, gather, grow, and raise.
Food security is a topic of interest for many Northerners, whether concerned with community (knowing where our food comes from and valuing the land and the people who produce it), sustainability, the nutritional value of our food, a finite oil supply, carbon footprint, or food costs and accessibility.
Suzanne is reaching out to communities across the North of Canada to expand the conversation beyond Dawson City and highlight the wealth of local food options available as well as the challenges and possibilities for increasing food security across the North.
In the meantime, back in Dawson, Suzanne’s family have reluctantly agreed not to bring any grocery store food into the house. At first, the novelty of seeing Suzanne in the kitchen might keep her family eating at home purely out of curiosity. But with the help of celebrated Yukon chef Michele Genest and others, Suzanne hopes to be able to provide enough variety of delicious meals and ready-made snacks to prevent her family from stockpiling their own secret larder.
Suzanne's ongoing list of available local ingredients:
MOST RECENT POSTS
- Celery Salt and Nasturtium Pepper September 20, 2017
- Think You Could Eat Only Locally?
Take the First We Eat Local Dish Challenge September 19, 2017
- Mayonnaise: No Oil? No Lemon? No Problem! September 18, 2017
- Where Once a House Stood September 15, 2017
- The Bounty of the Harvest September 14, 2017
- From the Land of the Giants September 13, 2017