We love supporting local charities who aim to improve food security in our province, especially for those less fortunate. When we were approached by the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to assist with their Bridges to Hope food garden, we gladly donated the seed potatoes to start them off.
With the help of the patrons and volunteers of the Elaine Dobbin Centre, over 110lbs of potatoes were harvested this fall and given to a local food bank, who are always looking for healthy, local produce to distribute. Not only did this project help those in need of good food, it was also a valuable experience for the autistic children and youth who helped out in the garden, developing their teamwork and social skills while being outdoors and interacting with nature.
You can read more about the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/potatoes-autism-society-bridges-for-hope-donation-1.3264104
Here's an audio CBC NL story on the garden. If you have 5 minutes, it's worth the listen:
When Peter Byrne, great grandson of store founder E.W. Gaze, decided to purchase Gaze Seed Company in December of 2014, he knew it needed a refreshed image in order to thrive in the today's market.
Changing the name wasn't an easy decision, but with the help of local marketing firm Dc Design House, a new name was chosen that speaks to the current generation while respecting the rich history of the business. More information on that project can be found in this post on Dc's blog: http://dcdesignhouse.ca/seed-company/
If you grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador you may recognize some of the below iterations of the Gaze Seed Co. logo:
Here's what the new logo looks like. The face at the bottom is E.W. himself:
Note: We recently discovered that the business was actually founded in 1925, not 1930! We updated the logo to suit, and are happy to be celebrating 90 years in business this year.