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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
My project tells the story of Fox Farming and its origin our small on Prince Edward Island. I hope you enjoy it.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about Fox Farming was that a sale of 25 Fox pelts brought in almost $35,000.00, that was a huge amount of money in a time when the average farm worker made $27.00 a month. I can only imagine what it was like for the farmers and their families to have that much money all of a sudden coming in. That helped me understand why Charles Dalton and Robert Oulton tried to keep Fox Farming a secret, so they could keep the wealth all to themselves.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I have learned that Fox Farming started on PEI . I learned that Charles Dalton and Robert Oulton had to keep foxes in a place that was like their natural home in order for them to survive and breed. I also got to learn more about my family's past especially my Grandfather's when I learned about his Fox Farm that he owned in early 1980's.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
My life today is different then of those I studied because there is not many fox farms left here on PEI. We mostly have fishing here and I guess when I think about it they are alike in certain ways too. We have more technology now and so that makes buying and selling alot easier for people then it was back when fox farming was in its prime.