Statement of Significance
Formal Recognition Type
White’s Farm is located near Tompkins in the Codroy Valley. This family farm and its early development reflect the pattern of the many early French and Scottish immigrants who moved to this area in the mid 1800s from Nova Scotia. The original farmer, Lizare White, came with his wife Judith from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, in 1884. They cleared land and established a mixed farm, selling to local markets. And this has been the practice ever since: vegetables, beef, sheep. Their son, Gregory White, raised foxes for some years in the early part of the twentieth century. And Gregory’s son, Richard, took over the farm in the 1930s and continued as a mixed farmer, selling to local markets. Richard’s son, Russell White, has been farming here for approximately fifty years now as the fourth generation on the land. He gave up beef and sheep about twenty years ago but continues to grow vegetables. He also grows hay as a cash crop, to sell locally. All content and images copyright Agricultural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Agricultural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is mandated to collect and honour the history of agriculture in this province and to raise public awareness of agriculture as a theme in the story of the province. In 2005 the Society created the Century Farm Award which is meant to identify, recognize and honour any farm family who have continuously farmed the same land for one hundred years or more and who continue to farm it at the present time. This award represents the pioneering agricultural history of the province: some farms supplied the growing town of St. John’s with milk, produce, meat and forage for livery stables; other farms supplied vegetables and butter to fishing communities by coastal boat; and others sent produce and dressed poultry by rail to the new resource towns, such as Grand Falls. Some of the early farmers came directly from the British Isles and others came to Newfoundland from earlier settlements in Nova Scotia. From their early beginnings these farms have survived as productive agricultural businesses by adapting successfully to changing market demands and changing economic circumstances and by adopting innovative technology. They have kept their land in good heart through as many as half a dozen generations. The Century Farm families have earned the Century Farm Award in recognition for their contribution to the history of our province and for their commitment to agriculture in the province’s future.
Location and History
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