See a sawmill in action, local farmers at work and some familiar faces in this gem of a video, “Decks awash: Back to the land – Green Bay“, produced by Memorial University of Newfoundland and aired in 1975.
The 28 minute episode looks into the work of the Green Bay Economic Development Association and its farm trainee initiative, which aimed to help some locals start or expand farms.
The Green Bay Economic Development Association was launched in 1969.
You will see interviews with Ford Hewlett, Maurice Budgell, Dean Rowsell, Ern Rowsell, Lem and Howard Knight, Don Batstone and Jim Card.
From a historical perspective it is interesting what information can be extracted from the interviews. For example, from some of Ford Hewlett’s remarks, it was clear that at the time of the launch of the Green Bay Economic Development Association certain people were concerned about economic impact should the local copper mines close. The challenges faced by local farmers are also well explained in the interviews contained in the episode.
Beyond seeing familiar faces when they were very young, a fun part is watching opening sequences which show the Main Street of Springdale. These shots will bring back memories for many people in Green Bay. In addition to some very spiffy station wagons and folks out walking on a lovely day, you will see the old Home Hardware building, the old Bank of Nova Scotia and the Co-op. If you are familiar with Springdale in the 1970s, you will want to pause the video so you can drink in the images, as fuzzy as they are.
Here is the link to the Decks Awash: Back to the land – Green Bay episode, as found on Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Digital Archives Initiative website. The webpage containing the video will open in a new browser window.
Decks Awash was a TV show aired on the Newfoundland Broadcasting Company network. The series ran from 1962 to 1977.