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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 potato and the industry that surrounds it has become more than just a cash crop that is produced in abundance here on Prince Edward Island. For nearly a century, the potato has been part of many Islanders’ lives. It was a staple of life on small family farms, providing great nutritional value and a crop that could be relied upon year-after-year with proper management.

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

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