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Sharing The History Of The Prince Edward Island Potato Industry

Sharing The History Of The Prince Edward Island Potato Industry
August 23, 2014
Prince Edward Island potato growers are proud of the trail blazers and industry builders who have established PEI as a world leader in potato production and expertise.

Consequently, the Prince Edward Island Potato Board and the Canadian Potato Museum felt that it was important to record and share first-hand accounts from those who helped to build the seed, tablestock and processing potato sectors in the 20th century.

With the assistance of funding from the PEI 2014 Fund, the Canadian Potato Museum and the PEI Potato Board acquired the services of respected journalist and friend of the agriculture industry, Ian Petrie, to record interviews with a number of men and women who have been leaders in the Prince Edward Island potato industry.

Interview subjects included mixed farmers, potato exporters, pioneers in certified seed production, entrepreneurs in potato equipment manufacturing, and growers who specialized in selling tablestock potatoes to retail in Canada and the United States, as well as those involved in the beginning and the expansion of the processing industry.

From these interviews, a series of videos were completed in an effort to share some of these stories with both today’s potato growers as well as the general public.

Below you can find them all!

Prince Edward Island Potato Industry: A short History

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Prince Edward Island Potato Industry: A short History (27 minutes)

Prince Edward Island Potato Industry History: The Seed Industry

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History of the Prince Edward Island Potato Industry:
The Seed Industry (11 minutes)

Prince Edward Island Potato Industry History: Advances in Potato Machinery and Technology

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History of the Prince Edward Island Potato Industry:
Advances in Potato Machinery and Technology, with Don Allan of Allan Equipment (6 minutes)

History of the Prince Edward Island Potato Industry: The Processing Sector

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History of the Prince Edward Island Potato Industry:
The Processing Sector (7 minutes)

Prince Edward Island Potato Industry History: The Table Stock Sector

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History of the Prince Edward Island Potato Industry:
The Table Stock Sector (12 minutes)

Companies in this Article
Allan Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. is Canada’s largest designer and manufacturer of potato harvesting equipment.
On August 7, 2014, McCain Foods Canada announced that its Borden Carleton facility would be closed as of October 31, 2014
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is looking after the interests of the potato industry on Prince Edward Island.