In the midst of the Great Depression, while southern Alberta and Saskatchewan were suffering terrible drought, the Peace River Country had bumper crops and vegetable gardens. Even though bad weather delayed harvest, the people of the north determined to share their bounty with the farmers in the south. Boxcars full of vegetables were collected and shipped out – just imagine the quantity it would take to fill one of those! The news items I chose tell about shipments from Grande Prairie and Sexsmith, but many other communities in the area took part in this great endeavor.
Researched & written by Kathryn Auger