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Aurora Mountain Farm

(867) 393-GOAT
P.O. Box 20228
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 7A2
auroramountain(at)yahoo.ca

Belgian work horses

Aurora Mountain Farm is a small farm in the Yukon. The Rudge family (Tom, Simone, Claire and Graham) grow certified organic vegetables, grain for baking and cereal, and feed for the beef/milk cows, heritage pigs, cashmere goats, Belgian horses and laying hens.

It's amazing the power available from a willing and enthusiastic horse! Tutshi and Tat sure look gorgeous harnessed up and ready to work.

Why Should You Choose Organic Meat?

Besides our certified organic vegetable and grain crops, we also raise free-range chickens for meat. The demand for locally raised free-range birds is very high. We start in March taking orders with deposits of $15/chicken and are often sold out by the time the chicks arrive. In 2011, we finally found a source for the chicks we were looking for. These chickens were bred to be raised on pasture and are a combination of several heritage meat breeds. We'll be raising two batches again this year ready to be butchered in mid-July and mid-August. To reserve yours, send us an email, or during the summer market season, come visit at the Fireweed Community Market in Shipyards Park on Thursday between 3 and 8 pm.

The chicks will spend their first three and a half weeks in an inside enclosure with a propane brooder to keep them warm. When they start getting their true feathers, we move them to the outdoor pen on the hay field. Chickens are naturally forest dwellers so they really enjoy a place with some kind of cover to provide shelter and shade. Netting and tarp over the top protects them from hawks.

Butchering day helps build a strong sense of community as neighbours and farming friends get together to share in the work. Since all our meat is sold "farm gate", customers come out to the farm to pick up their orders. Many of our customers participate in butchering day to share in that sense of community as well as become more connected with where their food comes from.

heritage chickens

Dolce

In the spring of 2009, three pigs joined the farm. Tasha and Boris, the Tamworths and Fiona, a first generation cross: Large English Black & Tamworth. We now have a couple of new Berkshire sows plus a new boar, Dolce, producing lovely red and black piglets.

There is nothing that compares to the taste of pork raised outside with a varied diet. Our pigs enjoy peaches, tomatoes and other fruits and veggies as well as grass, hay, and a grain mixture made up of locally grown barley with an organic protein concentrate.

Free-range, heritage breed pork by the side or whole. A deposit of $250/side is requested. You can come and pick it up at the farm, or we'll deliver for you to be cut and wrapped in town.

After working for many years to increase our production of beef, in 2013, we decided that it just doesn't make economic sense for us if we need to buy hay to feed them. We've reduced our herd size dramatically, have seeded a new hay field, and hope to have limited quantities available for 2015.

 

beef

Season Extenders Our vegetable garden is now used to grow vegetables for the pigs for winter and a fabulous crop of garlic. We hope to have scapes and garlic to sell at the local Fireweed Community Market. Regardless, we'll be there each Thursday evening from 3 to 8 pm in Shipyards Park in Whitehorse with hot coffee from Bean North Coffee Roasters, freshly baked oatmeal cookies and other goodies. Come join the fun!

Handspun wool and alpaca yarns, hand-knit items, and drop spindle kits are available at the Yukon Made Store in Shipyards Park.

Custom spinning of pet fur or other fibres is available. Want to see what it might be like? For $20, I will wash, pick, card, spin and ply a 20 yard sample. If you decide you like it, the charge for additional spinning is $0.20 per yard for undyed skeins.

bobbin of forest glade

Fireweed Jelly Label

We make a wide selection of jam, jelly and marmalade from locally harvested herbs and berries: Yukon Cranberry, Rhubarb Saskatoon, and Mountain Blueberry Jam; Raspberry and Rhubarb Marmalade; Chokecherry, Yarrow, Dandelion, Highbush Cranberry, and our best seller - made with the Yukon's territorial flower - Fireweed Jelly.

Our preserves are available at several locations including Bean North Coffee Roasters, Midnight Sun Gallery and Gifts, and the Yukon Made Store in Shipyards Park.

 

We make three types of goatmilk soap: Unscented, Fireweed scented with geranium oil and lavender, and Takhini Mud containing mineral clay and scented with ylang-ylang, patchouli and clary sage. All our soaps are made with olive oil, rendered fat from our own farm, and coconut oil along with goat milk. Goat milk is rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals and very nourishing for your skin.

The soap is hand-cut into bars that each weigh over 100 grams which, after curing, are wrapped in a strip of brown paper and labelled. Cold-processed soaps like these retain the glycerin that is naturally produced by the soap making process which results in a soap that is very gentle on your skin, lathers well and lasts a long time.

You can buy our handmade soap at the Yukon Made Store or at the weekly summer Fireweed Community Market in Shipyards Park.

 

goatmilk soap

 

Cashmere

Spring is a busy time as each of the cashmere goats are combed for their underdown which is spun into beautiful, soft cashmere yarn.

Cashmere has the well-deserved reputation for being one of the softest and warmest fibres - as well as being exceptionally beautiful. Try it yourself! It is a real treat for hand spinning.

The last combings have been blended with silk and fine, white merino at the Twisted Sisters Mill in RollyView, Alberta. Come to the 12 Days Market this winter to see what we have created.

 

 

 

During those long Yukon winter nights, we're busy turning cashmere, silk, angora, merino wool, mohair, and many other natural fibres into one-of-a-kind wearables, decorations and gifts. Hand-cut elk antler buttons, bars of handmade soap with their own built-in felted washcloth, woven, sewn, knitted and felted scarves, toques and mittens. Find us seasonally at the Cranberry Fair, the 12 Days Market, and year-round at the Yukon Made Store in Shipyards Park.

Call or email to order your own custom felted cashmere and other luxury fibres scarf.

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