Jeremy L.

Conception Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

Avalon Regional Heritage Fair

Root Cellaring

This project was based on Root Cellaring in Newfoundland.  The project explores the importance of root cellars in the history of Newfoundland and their relevance in todays world.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned many interesting facts about Root Cellars. The most interesting that that I learned was that John Guy was named the Father of Root Cellars in my province and he settled and built the first root cellar in NL in the settlement of Cupers Cove (now known as Cupids, NL). Cupids is locate only a few minutes from my home town. We drive through Cupids frequently but I did not know the historical significant of the town until I completed research for this project

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

During my research I realized that using a Root Cellar to preserve vegetables, meats and berries is a great way to save money.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The life we lead today is very different from that of our early settlers. To survive, people worked very hard everyday hunting, fishing and growing vegetables to prepare food for their families. Today, people work hard at their occupations and then visit a grocery store to buy these necessities.