Fit to Eat for April 26, 2022
A Snowmobile or a Sheltered Greenhouse? You Choose.
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Uploaded: 27 Apr, 2022
Recording Date: 25 Apr, 2022
Recording Location: Flatrock, NL
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Program Title: Fit to Eat for April 26, 2022
Description: Innovation. It’s a word that permeates our culture these days, even if it seems to be thin on the ground sometimes. We are often tricked into thinking of innovation as occurring only in busy but sterile laboratories or cluttered, coffee-fueled computer dens, or at that new complex up on the highway that was opened with great fanfare and the cutting of ceremonial ribbons.
So we can almost be forgiven that we overlook the innovation that occurs in our backyards and basements, sometimes daily. Maybe your neighbour is an innovator? If you live in Flatrock, you could be right.
You don’t have to garden very long in NL without starting to dream about season extension. But due to an unfortunate development snafu, back in the 1980s, a myth has developed that the province has a checkered relationship with greenhouses. Mention the word “Sprung,” the name of the company that built a large greenhouse back last century, and some member of the chattering classes will start to guffaw. And that is sad, because the province actually has some great examples of season extension technology. That’s the real story – though it is often lost.
Which would you choose for your backyard - a snowmobile, or an earth sheltered greenhouse? And which would you guess pays itself off within 5 years? This week we find out the answers to these and other alluring questions on "Fit to Eat: the NL Farm and Food Show" as we head to the Homestead at Flatrock. Dan Rubin and I visit with David Goodyear, who has built an earth-sheltered greenhouse, a passive solar house, a root cellar and more. His family is now self-sufficient in vegetables. Year round. Innovations around season extension are alive and well in the province, in this post-Sprung (thankfully) era. Join us in the kitchen.
Host(s): Ivan Emke
Featured Speakers/Guests: David Goodyear
Health > Food and NutritionType: Interview
Environment > Climate Change
Regional > Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador
Environment > Agriculture
Society and Culture