Fit to Eat Season 2 Episode 16
The Joys of Sub-Arctic Farming
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Uploaded: 23 Jun, 2021
Recording Date: 21 Jun, 2021
Recording Location: Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Program Title: Fit to Eat Season 2 Episode 16
Description: Labrador. The Big Land. The 3rd word in the official title of a province, even though its territory constitutes over 70% of the land mass of said province. The name “Labrador” was bestowed by a Portuguese explorer, João Fernandes Lavrador. "Lavrador," in Portuguese means “farmer” (or “labourer.”) So it makes sense that on today’s show, we head to central Labrador, the Happy Valley Goose Bay area, where you will find a pocket of farms – sandy soil, no rocks, long days, but a short season.
Farmers here have their own special challenges, but the produce from these farms is highly valued by local folks. It is estimated that there are only about 200 acres of cleared agricultural land in Labrador, though there is a great deal of potential. This acreage comes with a small number of farmers. On this episode of "Fit to Eat," we talk to one of them, Des Sellars. He operates Nature’s Best Farm just outside of Happy Valley. He produces vegetables, and is one of the “diehards” – as he calls it. He’s been farming there for over 2 decades now.
C’mon along. The weather is grand. Don’t mind the occasional mosquito or black fly or midge… they only bite once – each.
Host(s): Ivan Emke
Featured Speakers/Guests: Des Sellars
Health > Food and NutritionType: Interview
Regional > Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador
Environment > Agriculture
Society and Culture