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Introduction

Prince Edward Island's people have always depended on the land and the sea for their survival. An independent and creative people, Islanders have harvested resources from what was around them. The "Harvests of Prince Edward Island" project utilizes the collections and resources of the Island's community museums to explore a number of the harvests which have been important to the Island's history.

The silver fox industry between 1900 and 1980 was to Prince Edward Island what the Gold Rush was to the Klondike. Due to a number of factors, the industry began to dwindle after the Second World War, with only a very short resurgence around 1975. Changing tastes in fashion, animal rights and a saturated market brought down the economic giant and many of the farmers who had not yet been in the industry long enough to recuperate their costs.

The major harvests represented include;
• the Potato
• the Malpeque Oyster
• the Silver Fox industry
• Irish Moss
• Mussel Mud

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