CAN (YT): Growing greens in passive solar greenhouses

When life gives you sunshine, trap it in the soil and grow lemons with it — or maybe tomatoes, herbs, and cucumbers.

That’s Sarah Ouellette’s plan after she constructs the Yukon’s first commercially producing passive solar greenhouse.

Ouellette is the owner and operator of Sarah’s Harvest, an organic market garden located near Lake Laberge. Ouellette has been growing herbs and vegetables for a decade, selling produce at Whitehorse’s Fireweed Market and other retailers.

Last year, Sarah’s Harvest grew about 20,000 pounds of produce.

In addition to attention to living soil, Ouellette focuses on crops that thrive outside in northern conditions, like greens and root vegetables; her market table is stocked with electric-orange carrots, hearty bushels of kale, and bright bouquets of herbs.

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