Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

Looking for local photos of Families enjoying Outdoor Activities & Everyday Lifestyle……

Live Rural NL Blog has received the following email, please assist if you are able:

We are looking for photos of families enjoying outdoor activities on the Great Northern Peninsula. If you are interested in sharing your family photos for use in a website that is being developed by the Nordic Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Red Ochre Regional Board for newcomers to the Northern Peninsula region, please send them along to: jcoles@nf.aibn.com by June 17th, 2011.

Please include in the email with your photos, the following line: (cut and paste) “By virtue of this email I am providing permission for use of the attached photos in the Northern Peninsula Website” and Provide the name of the person you want noted for the photo credits or return the following document by clicking Photo Release Form – GNP Portal

Thank-You for all your help!!

If you have further questions, please contact:

Jessica Coles, Project Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GNP Website Portal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nordic Economic Development Corporation

Phone: (709)
456-2840

Fax: (709)
456-2846

Email: jcoles@nf.aibn.com

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Grandmother Mitchelmore….How does your garden grow?

Planted beds of small seed in Grandma's Garden

My Grandmother Mitchelmore has been planting a garden for a lifetime. At 79 years young she knows that around the end of May, there is a flurry of activity to attend to the ground. She plants potatoes, turnip, carrot, onions and cabbage to ensure that she can prepare her traditional Jigg’s Dinner throughout the year. She also maintains a strawberry patch, which at times I am tempted to raid.

I grew up helping my grandparents in the garden and always enjoyed the harvest. I remember Grandmother and I were digging all the potatoes and she got a supersize tater. I dug frantically trying to match her giant spud. I did dig up a larger potato, but it definitely would not win a beauty contest.

Today she helped me continue to attempts to grow a variety of vegetables locally. We planted onion, red onion, green onion and baby carrots. Tomorrow, I will plant lettuce plants in addition to my already planted tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers and asparagus.

Grandmother planting onions with me today

There seems to have been a generational gap among those of my parents age, as many did not adapt the skills required to maintain a garden. However, there is hope as younger generations appear to have a strong interest in growing vegetables. Rural communities have an opportunity to utilize this interest as a means to share space and offer community gardens. Experienced elders can teach those younger the necessary skills to have a successful growing season.

Get your garden growing this season. It is not to late to start on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

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