Prize of the Year 2012 from Kalaallit Nunaanni Brugseni
On the 12th of February 2013, Ipiutaq guest farm received the Prize of the Year 2012 from the Greenlandic co-operatives societies Brugseni (KNB). This Prize is shared together with Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat.
The National Board of KNB has decided that the Prize of the Year 2012 should be given for enhancement of "Greenlandic food products", which are part of the Brugseni´s CSR strategy (Corporate Social Responsibility strategy) including also health an environment.
Ipiutaq guest farm received the Prize of the Year for its work with agro-tourism and sheep breeding in South Greenland.
"... Agathe Devisme and Kalista Poulsen have created a paradise for tourists in Ipiutaq, attracting the global tourist who can experience nature, agriculture and the French-Greenlandic cuisine..." (by Poul Krarup, in Sermitsiaq, 15th of February 2013)
Read the acknowledgments from Ipiutaq guest farm
Read an article in the press
Greenland´s Nature and Environment award for 2012
photo: Ole Mølgaard Motzfeldt
On the 11th of February 2013, Ipiutaq guest farm received Greenland´s Nature and Environment award in the category "To increase the environmental awareness for all of us".
Ane Oarie Olrik from Qeqertarsuaq, Andreas Larsen from Akunnaaq and Karl Lynge from Ilulissat received the award for 2012 in the category "Nature and environment without waste".
The Nature and Environment award is made by the Government of Greenland - Naalakkersuisut - "in recognition of people, institutions or organizations who take the initiative and lead in raising awareness of nature and the environment, or who with their projects, make a concrete effort to improve the environment in Greenland."
This award was given to Ipiutaq guest farm in recognition of the firm´s efforts over the last years to save energy and reduce its impact on the environment: alternative energy with solar panels and a coming windmill, waste sorting and recycling, use of local products and constant attention to the environment in the everyday life.
The ceremony took place at Ipiutaq guest farm where Agathe Devisme and Kalista Poulsen received the environmental award from Simon Simonsen, mayor of Kommune Kujalleq, the Municipality of South Greenland, on behalf of Anthon Frederiksen, Minister for Domestic Affairs, Nature and the Environment.
Read the acknowledgments from Ipiutaq guest farm
Read an article in the press
Invitation to the first Food Festival in Greenland
On the 5th of September 2012, Agathe Devisme was invited as guest chef at the restaurant Ban Thaï in Qaqortoq. The restaurant was fully booked with 45 guests who enjoyed the Ipiutaq gourmet menu "French-Greenlandic taste from the farm":
Greenlandic delicacies, Ipiutaq pickles with roseroot and angelica
See the Food Festival program here
First outdoor buffet at Ipiutaq guest farm
On the 15th of August 2012, one more of our dreams came true:
we had the pleasure of arranging our first outdoor buffet in the fields of Ipiutaq and welcoming the Bank of Greenland´s board of directors.
The weather was exceptionally beautiful and it has been a very hearty and convivial afternoon for everybody.
See the menu here
Prizes for Ipiutaq lamb meat and sheep breeding
In 2012, Kalista Poulsen and Agathe Devisme have won the prize from the Greenlandic Agricultural Consulting Services as the best sheep breeders in Greenland, with the highest average slaughter weight of 18,5 kg in 2011.
They also won the prize from the Greenlandic Association of Young Farmers for the quality of their lamb meat, following the EUROP classification of carcases conformation with 67,58 % of EUR.
Fresh eggs all year round at Ipiutaq guest farm
On the 22nd of november 2011, three hens and one cock arrived at Ipiutaq guest farm...
... to have fresh eggs in the winter was a dream that came true on the 19th of december 2011... just for the cook´s birthday!
Visit from the Bank of Greenland
photo: Anne Mette Christiansen
|On the 14th of september 2011, we had the pleasure to welcome Martin Kviesgaard, the Bank of Greenland´s general manager, Amma Knudsen, director of the branch in Qaqortoq with her husband Ole Peter Kleist, and Anne Mette Christiansen from CSR Greenland (Corporate Social Responsibility for Greenland). |
|It gave us the opportunity to thank them again for the great support we received from the Bank of Greenland.|
A Greenlandic artist at Ipiutaq guest farm
Ipiutaq is an ideal place for inspiration, silence, harmony with the nature, light, colors, water, taste, and all the beauty we are looking for.
From the start of our project, one of our dreams has been to blend our beautiful surroundings, gourmet food and art.
This summer (2011) at Ipiutaq, this dream came true with the stay of the Greenlandic artist Buuti, together with her husband, Ole G. Jensen, director of the museum in Qaqortoq, and the architect Jeppe Gitz-Johansen.
A french-greenlandic kaffemik gave us the opportunity to share our experiences about art and life. We hope this is just the start of a new adventure with art...
First proposal for a "résidence d´artiste" (in french)
Vagabond, a polar yacht at Ipiutaq guest farm
Another dream came true in the spring of 2011: we finally met with the team of Vagabond, a French expedition yacht designed to sail in icy waters. This sailing vessel is an unique logistic support, a floating and moving base camp for scientists, sportsmen or artists fond of polar regions.
During a warm-hearted evening on board, we could share our experiences and dreams together with the team, Eric Brossier and France Pinczon du Sel...
... and we thought the same: holding a remote sheep farm in Greenland and sailing aboard a polar yacht in the Arctic is the same: "a permanent expedition".
More pictures here
Meeting with a kayak expedition
photo: Karl Saint-Ellier
|In July 2011, we had a surreal surprise by welcoming a kayak expedition with the Monegasque couple Nathalie and Alain Antognelli from Photo Team.|
Entrepreneurs of the Year 2011 in Greenland
photo: Ninna Ottosen
Read more in the press
Taste of Greenlandic ingredients in Nuuk...
photo: Grønlands Arbejdsgiverforening
"Taste of Greenlandic ingredients" was the title of the food conference which was held on the 6th of october 2010, at Nipisa restaurant in Nuuk.
Agathe Devisme was presenting her experiences about development of concepts and products at Ipiutaq guest farm.
"... Ipiutaq guest farm is a whole concept based on natural and local ingredients, a french savoir-faire, the beauty of the nature and our own graphic design..."
Read an article about the conference in Aurora, Grønlandsarbejdsgiverforenings medlemsblad, december 2010 (in danish or greenlandic)
See the program of the presentation
Agathe Devisme and chef Rune Collin at Nipisa, sharing experiences with Greenlandic ingredients.
The Nordic Council of Ministers at Ipiutaq guest farm
|On the 4th of september 2010, the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Business and Regional policy (Nordic Council of Ministers), invited by the Government of Greenland, visited Ipiutaq guest farm as "an example of a creative industry, a specific regional experience and an agro-tourist activity".|
|"... Det er utroligt hvad entusiasme og visioner kan gøre for et sted... "|
"... It is incredible what enthusiasm and visions can do for a place... "
in Ipiutaq´s Guest Book, by the Committee of Senior Officials for Business and Regional policy
See the menu of the day... (in danish)
A new inhabitant at Ipiutaq guest farm
On 5th of july 2010, our new partner arrived at Ipiutaq...
... a beautiful young Border Collie, gift from Suka and Sofus Frederiksen, from the sheep farm Narsap Ilua.
His name is Ali and he has already his "small home" here.
The first lamb at Ipiutaq guest farm
|On 6th of may 2010, our first lamb was born at Ipiutaq guest farm.|
|Our lambs and sheep are leaving to the mountains and green pastures where they stay until september.|
Sponsoring for fashion design and Greenlandic seal skin
|In july 2010, Ipiutaq guest farm was sponsoring the event "Support the Inuit culture", a fashion show presented by Great Greenland and Isaksen design at the PantomimeTheatre - Tivoli in Copenhagen.|
|In february 2010, during the CPH Vision (the fashion week in Copenhagen), the special event "Arctic Elements" introduced the inspiring cultural heritage of Greenland in the Greenlandic artist´s fashion design. |
|A selection of innovative Greenlandic specialities was also presented by our partner Isaksen design, such as our dried angelica leaves.|
Read more about our home-made delicacies and our partnership with Isaksen design
Internet, phone and solar energy
|From october 2009, Ipiutaq guest farm is no longer "at the ends of the earth"... an internet and phone connection makes us closer to everyone.|
|From june 2009, with solar panels, we reduced by half our fuel consumption. In 2011, we will set up a windmill...|
All year round with sheep
|From april 2009, we are living all year round at Ipiutaq...|
|... and from october 2009, 300 sheep are living at Ipiutaq.|