In summer 2019, Memorial University, under the leadership of the Labrador Institute, acquired the lease of an 80-acre farm in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador (formerly the Grand River Farm, owned and operated by Frank and Joyce Pye). This acquisition is based on Memorial University’s commitment to promoting agricultural growth in the province through leading-edge research and educational opportunities, and demonstrates our commitment to continuing the legacy of food innovation, production, and community connections established by Frank and Joyce Pye.
Through this acquisition, we have established the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems. We encourage you to follow along closely as we grow and develop together!
Our vision for the Pye Centre is to be a vibrant community-led hub of leading Northern-focused food systems research, education, community connections, production, and distribution in Labrador.
The Pye Centre will bring about this vision through a number of programs and initiatives developed in consultation with our partners and the community as whole.
The Pye Centre is working in partnership with local farmers, the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Council, the Innu Nation, the provincial Agrifoods department, and Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada, as well as with faculty, staff, and students at Grenfell Campus. Together, we are responding to food systems, food security, and food sovereignty priorities of Labrador, and to the priorities outlined in The Way Forward on Agriculture.