Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems

The Pye Centre is a hub for community-led and Northern-focused food systems research, education, community connections, production, and distribution in Labrador.

In summer 2019, Memorial University, under the leadership of the Labrador Campus, acquired the lease of an 80-acre farm in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. 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 to support food innovation, production, and community connections.

The 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 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. 


Visit us!

Interested in visiting the Pye Centre? Please contact us (pyecentre@mun.ca) to learn about the different tour options and activities we currently offer. And, follow the Labrador Campus on Facebook to stay in the loop about what’s happening on the farm.

 

 

 


 

From the Ground Up: Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems Strategic Priorities 2022-2025

 

The Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems of the Labrador Campus of Memorial University is a vibrant hub for food systems education, research, community connections, and wellness programming. We offer programs, services, events, and activities that educate, connect, engage, and inspire sustainable agricultural practices, environmental stewardship, and equitable access to fresh and desired food.

We partner with local farmers and Indigenous governments and communities in Labrador, as well as academic, industry, and administrative leaders and organizations across the region and country, to elevate the importance of more sustainable Northern food systems. Together with our partners, we share a deep commitment to honouring and celebrating the relationships among land, people, and animals that strengthen and support thriving food systems

The Pye Centre’s strategic plan, From the Ground Up, describes who we are, what we do, and how we will grow forward, together. It reaffirms our common purpose and shared goals—the qualities that are essential to our future success—and provides guideposts to help in strategic decision-making. 

 

Pye Centre farm plan

Illustrated by Alex Sawatzky, PhD, Special Projects Manager at the Labrador Campus.

Illustrated aerial view of the Pye Centre farm plan