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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 early years of farming on PEI saw the land lose its ability to grow more than weeds. It quickly became apparent that there was a need for quality manure to be spread on the fields and give them new life. After using several kinds, it was determined that the lime-rich mud from many Island river beds provided the renewal that was so desperately needed. This substance would come to be known as “mussel mud” and consisted primarily of oyster shells that were rich with lime and had a long-term impact on the crops.

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

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