How to Get Fresh Food in Newfoundland Year Round

September 18, 2017

Moving back to Newfoundland in 2009, I quickly realized the supply of fresh food here is a real issue since so little is grown on the island and we mostly rely on the ‘mainland’ for everything we eat. That means it is shipped or flown in and our weather is highly unreliable out in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, particularly in the winter.

For the first few years, I just kept buying pricey wilted half-dead (organic, when  available) vegetables from the grocery store not knowing what else to do, and then one day on Facebook I saw that my alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland, had won a world competition for inventing a hydrogrower for communities up north with limited sunlight. I freaked out! I ordered my All-In-One Package that day from Enactus for $350:

I started reading about this amazing effort and every element of Project Sucseed is a gem in itself. I would have given them $350 to just keep doing what they’re doing, nevertheless to get a growing system for myself and my family.

Here’s a bit of (awesome) background information on Project Sucseed from a CBC article (to read more, click here):

Memorial’s Enactus team is made up of volunteer students from the business administration, humanities and social sciences, engineering and science faculties. As well as winning this year (2016), Memorial also won in 2008.

“The core of this project is actually food security in the North.” says Bland. “Not only do you get the social impact of creating a job for a young person (in St. John’s), it also helps feed a community up north.”

The units are $350, and come with the tub, pump, nutrient pack, seeds, and, what’s called Rockwool. It’s a small square of material that you split open and place the seed inside. It holds the moisture and nutrients that allow the seed to grown. “Everything you will need to grow for a year,” says Ricketts.

So if you are like me and care about the quality of food on your plate, consider buying one of these units to both support this project and to be in control of your fresh food supply all year round.

And you may also want to consider getting a CSA (Community Share Agriculture) basket each week from July-October from ‘Roots on The Rock’ in Bay Roberts. All naturally grown with pick-up locations in St. John’s. The veggies and herbs are picked from the ground one day and delivered the next… can’t get much better than that! Order here:

And to top it off, we have a super easy Sprouting Jar and our favourite thing to grow is organic mung beans from Vesey’s or Gaze Seeds downtown St. John’s.

Here’s another technique I have for enjoying veggies all year long:

I post videos like this one and suggestions on how to process veggies on my Facebook page, if you would like some ideas.

Have any other suggestions for fresh food on the island? Comment below 🙂

 Artist Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara – Experience Newfoundland & life through my artist eyes. Born and raised here on this big rock in the Atlantic Ocean. After my Fine Arts degree and Interior Decorating, lived away for ages. In 2009 moved back with new appreciation for this place. Come hang out and explore with me. Sign up for your Piece of Pye newsletter & art prizes!


  1. Interesting! I’m in New Brunswick and this would be very handy here too. I grow our summer veggies but usually just resign myself to wilty grocery store produce all winter. Good to know there’s another way to check out!

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