Bush Order Provisions operates the largest market garden or micro-farm within the City of Yellowknife.
Unlike a household garden, a Market Garden is a place where vegetables and fruit are grown for the purpose of resale. A Market Garden is logically and systematically designed to yield a high production crop, one that is in demand within the community.
A Market Garden is a business model.
Marie Auger, who holds a Bsc. in Agriculture with a major in Horticulture, leads the operations of the Bush Order Market Garden and is driven by her education and experiences working on a varying range of market gardens both in Yellowknife and throughout Canada.
Our commercial lot in the Kam Lake area of Yellowknife currently has 5,000 sq. ft. in production, with the possibility of expanding another 10,000 sq. ft. over the coming years.
The market garden often includes carrots, turnips, beets, radishes, potatoes, green beans, peas, leeks, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, squash, wild onions, spinach, lettuce, arugula and various salad greens in rotation.
Our focus for the first 5-years (2021-2026) at this location is to build up soil health and nutrients. The existing soil is starved of flourishing micro-nutrients required for a proper no-till regenerative method of growing. Each year we practice cover cropping, add additional compost, and use silage tarps to help decompose previous crop matter all in an attempt to build up soil quality.
Produce that we harvest can be found at our Farm Store from July to October.
All of our plants are started directly from seed. Many are started indoors between March and May and then transplanted. Throughout the summer we do frequent soil testing to ensure it is optimal for growth and production. We have even been known to make and use our own fish fertilizer from local fish scraps.
If you would like to see or help out on the farm, please contact us.