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, 280 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 & knowledge of Northern Canadians and our relationship to the land through the food that we hunt, fish, gather, grow and raise in the North.
The kitchen is not Suzanne’s ‘natural habitat’ and she is not a master gardener. Far from being an expert, Suzanne is more of a ‘blank page.' By collaborating with northern expertise, traditional knowledge and local producers, she hopes her year will be successful.
Suzanne’s family (husband and three kids aged 16, 14 and 11) are not overjoyed at the prospect. However one of Suzanne’s secret (ok, not so secret anymore!) challenges is to provide enough variety of delicious local meals and ready-made snacks for her family, that they feel no need to set up their own larder. At first, the novelty of seeing Suzanne in the kitchen might keep her family eating at home purely out of curiosity. Hopefully, the delicious foods she creates, with the help of celebrated Yukon chef Michele Genest and others, will have her family preferring meals at home over meals elsewhere!
Suzanne's ongoing list of available local ingredients:
MOST RECENT POSTS
- Internship Program Helps Arctic Communities Run Greenhouses July 19, 2017
- Farmers’ Markets Bring Local Produce to Dawsonites July 18, 2017
- Cooking Lessons With Driss July 17, 2017
- A Very Special Gift to Start Suzanne’s Journey July 13, 2017
- Wild Strawberries Are Worth the Work July 12, 2017
- Lambsquarter: Taste It Before You Toss It July 12, 2017