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Joan Norberg

Joan Norberg

Frost To Frost columnist Joan Norberg run Grizzly Valley Farms on the Mayo Road.  Her and her husband Alan can often be found at the Yukon Fireweed Market on Thursdays


Send her your questions at grizzlyvalleyfarms@hotmail.com.

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Teresa Kozakewich

Teresa Kozakewick grew up in Alberta. Raised by a father who had a passion for food, she had always been drawn to cooking. She enjoyed watching her dad cook on special occasions. Now her passion has become a career path. After moving to the Yukon... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-03-22, Photo: Joan Norberg

On Feb. 16, the Yukon Convention Bureau (YCB) held its annual Bravo Awards. The Golden Bravo Award is in recognition of a YCB member who has gone above and beyond in service excellence in the meeting and conventions sector. This year’s winner was... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Pixabay

In August of 2008, we had ground cleared so we could build a new house. It wouldn't be very big or fancy, but it would be a clean, dry place to live. You see, the previous winter I had had pneumonia. Which was exacerbated by the mold in the... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: Darren Holcombe

From stunning jewelery, fine arts and unique crafts to quality prepared foods and personal care products hand made by Yukon artisans, the 12 Days of Christmas has become one of the largest Yukon craft fairs over the past decade. From its humble... more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

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Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: by Joan Norberg

There I was at the end of August looking through Salvation Army for wool coats. August. What was I thinking? I know it's the Yukon, but we still had beautiful summer weather and I was looking for a wool winter coat. I had to laugh at myself... more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM Hobbies

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Joan Norberg

Gardening is considered a challenge here in the Yukon. But this year the weather made it less so. Gardens flourished with an earlier than usual spring and a warmer than usual summer. With the fall colours here and cooler weather upon us most tend... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Joan Norberg

“The more things change the more they stay the same” and “The only constant in life is change” are both very cliche and very true. In some sense farming and gardening means things are staying the same. We usually use the same plot of land and... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

Over the past few years the gardens have been producing more and more vegetables. So, come fall we start to look for places to store the root crops for the winter. Our main root crops are potatoes and carrots, which need a dark, cool space with a... more

Oct 22, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

“Could we plant some flowers in our garden, next year?” This is what Allan asked me 25 years ago after we had harvested our first garden together. I hadn’t realized anything had been missing from our yard. We had an average vegetable garden on the... more

Jun 18, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

Recently we went down south for a family visit. At the time it was still very much winter here in the Yukon. Down there the snow was melting, there were puddles everywhere and it felt like spring. more

May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

Schwartz has been our only dog for the past few years. For the most part he seems to be okay, although he does enjoy playing with other dogs when he gets the chance. But being the only dog can be lonely for an animal that would normally belong to... more

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Yukoners Pets

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: kozzi.com

If you ate today, thank a farmer. If you know where your food comes from, thank them even more. Knowing where your food comes from can be a challenge, especially in the North. Why should a person support a local farmer when the food they sell... more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

Anything can happen in February, weather-wise. It can be -30°C one day and 5°C a few days later. The sun can be very warm and the spring starts diminishing the snow and icing-up the roads. January is a month of hibernation and rest. more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-02-12 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

“There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogs” - Hal Borland, American journalist (1900 – 1978). Seed catalogues evoke memories of summer breezes and warmer times. more

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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In the 1970s farmers in the United States were told to “get big or get out” as a way to promote larger, corporately owned farms. more

Nov 27, 2014 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

The phrase “food security” is becoming common, and it can be interpreted in several different ways. more

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

One of a gardener’s goals at the end of summer is to preserve the food harvested. more

Nov 5, 2014 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Death is a part of life, without death no one could live. Even vegetarians’ diets put an end to life. By eating a carrot, for example, there is no way for the veggie to naturally finishing its lifecycle, and produce seeds. more

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

Working outside is a given when gardening. Planting, weeding, and harvesting all are labour-intensive jobs, which are done manually on our farm. Most of the time, working in the garden it is just that, work; it is very easy to focus on the job that more

Oct 9, 2014 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

All good things must come to an end. And the summer outdoor market is no exception. Over the years we have enjoyed getting to know our summer market customers, and the other vendors become like family.So when the last market happens it is often a b more

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM Farm - Garden