Spruce Cottage Farm
My name is Jolene Billwiller and I am delighted to share my passion for all things gardening with you.
Spruce Cottage Farm is located at various spots throughout Haines Junction, Yukon, gateway to the magnificent Kluane country, in the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations - a challenging growing area that keeps me on my toes (snow in June, anyone?)!
I grow vegetable, flower and herb starts for sale as well as produce for myself and for market. I also save seeds, grow cut and dried flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as hosting seasonal workshops and providing organic gardening education.
My gardening inspiration comes from many places: my landscape, my wish to grow food for myself and others, my desire to share my gardening knowledge and the gratitude I feel for my mentors; plus its super-fun! It is so satisfying to cook with vegetables and herbs you have grown yourself or to brighten your home with vibrant flowers nurtured by your own hands.
Let me inspire you to create a garden space to suit your needs and desires - be it a two acre farm or a collection of containers.
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Spruce Cottage Farm's diverse range of products and services gives me the opportunity to explore all aspects of a gardening life and business. From March to the end of June, I am immersed in seedlings, soil and sweat! By the beginning of July, the nursery is closed and the market garden is planted - four months of exhilarating and frenzied labour rewarding me with a community of people growing their own food using seedlings that I grew and a garden poised to produce an abundance of vegetables, flowers and herbs for myself and my neighbours.
August to October sees me harvesting, preserving, maintaining (read: weeding!), creating and enjoying. From November to February winter sets in and the garden becomes a fond memory. As the income tax season approaches, I am busy ensuring my clients' books are in order and ready for the accountant. As a bookkeeper, I strive to provide accurate and responsible reporting of a business' revenues and expenses. There is still enough time to cross country ski, though!
And the cycle begins again.........
The Plant Nursery
The plant nursery provides quality vegetable, flower and herb starts to the Kluane region. Plants are grown from seed in Haines Junction, producing plants that are acclimatised to growing in the area. Subsequently, gardeners will find that plants from Spruce Cottage Farm's plant nursery are hardy and vigorous. Spruce Cottage Farm is not certified organic; however, I follow organic growing principles and guidelines in all of my growing endeavours.
Open Fridays 2pm-7pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 10am-4pm in May and June. Opening day is Friday, May 5 2017! Located at Mount Logan Lodge, 10 mins west of Haines Junction, on the Alaska Highway.
Click on the link below to access the 2017 Plant List and Order Form as a fillable/saveable/printable PDF!
The Market Garden
The two thousand four hundred square foot market garden is a source of joy, satisfaction and sustenance. Throughout the growing season, the garden produces an abundant array of vegetables, cut flowers and herbs. Contact me for availability and pricing or to place an order. You'll also find me at the
Junction Community Market.
Dig Into Fun!
Dig Into Fun! Workshops are designed with all gardening levels in mind. The workshops cover a variety of topics, from seeding to using a cold-frame to building a compost pile to understanding Latin plant names.
2017 Dig Into Fun!
A series of hands-on, informative gardening workshops.1 (867) 335-9769
Cost: $30, gst included.
or e-mail:[email protected]
April 1: Seeding & Propagating
April 8: Organic Gardening Practices & Principles
April 15: Garden Pests & Organic Management
April 22: Transplanting & Crop Protection
April 29: Growing Your Favourite Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs
~ Jolene's enthusiasm and passion for growing is contagious and these hands-on gardening workshops are sure to inspire you in your own growing endeavours ~
Be a WWOOFer!
As a WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms) host, I really enjoy meeting farm volunteers from all over the world. Spruce Cottage Farm provides many opportunities to learn about organic growing and market gardening. The help WWOOF volunteers provide is invaluable and WWOOFers enjoy working and learning in such a beautiful setting: a win-win for everyone! If you would like to WWOOF with Spruce Cottage Farm, please click on the WWOOF link below.
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Tips, News and Views
You'll find handy gardening tips and down-to-earth gardening philosophy scattered throughout Spruce Cottage Farm's periodic newsletter. Jolene takes inspiration from the seasons, what is happening in the garden and the magnificent landscape around her to write these fun and informative gardening articles. Check out the latest edition or browse through the archives! Subscribe to receive the newsletters via e-mail by clicking Join Now!Join Now!
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Here are all of our previously published newsletters for your perusal (share them amongst your friends!). It's nice to reflect on past gardening tips and tid-bits, there are some great ideas and techniques to help your green thumbs grow in our challenging Northern locale. Please Enjoy!
Junction Community Market
The Junction Community Market runs from 4pm-6pm, every second Wednesday from June - August, starting June 7. Located at Da Kų Cultural Centre on the Alaska Highway. You'll find Spruce Cottage Farm there with bedding plants and produce, along with various other vendors with a diverse range of products from fresh donuts to artisan crafts.
We will see you there!
Some photos of our gardens!
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Contact The Farm
We'd love to hear from you!
~ Gardening Maven ~
Spruce Cottage Farm
P.O. Box 5498
Haines Junction, YT