Moul­ton’s Farm Pump­kin Patch

An­nual event well at­tended each year

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY AL­LAN STOODLEY SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE WIN­TER­LAND, NL Al­lan Stoodley is a long­time res­i­dent of Grand Bank. He can be reached at am­stood­ley@hot­mail.com, and he wel­comes any com­ments on this or any other ar­ti­cle he has writ­ten.

Each Thanks­giv­ing week­end, the pop­u­la­tion of the farm­ing com­mu­nity of Win­ter­land swells to more than 1,000 peo­ple as vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike flock to Moul­ton’s Farm for their an­nual Pump­kin Patch Day.

Hayrides, cup­cakes and hot choco­late are the or­der of the day and, of course, the young ones pick­ing out their favourite pump­kins to take home.

Ac­cord­ing to farm owner Terry Moul­ton, “vis­i­tors in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fall fun day usu­ally give a do­na­tion that goes to the Janeway Hos­pi­tal.” In past years, do­na­tions have to­talled $3,000 to $3,500 for the one-day event, which will go ahead on the Satur­day of Thanks­giv­ing week­end, weather per­mit­ting.

Moul­ton is the third gen­er­a­tion of Moul­ton farm­ers at Win­ter­land.

His grand­fa­ther, Wil­liam B. Moul­ton, moved there as a young man with his fam­ily in 1940 from Flat Is­lands (Port El­iz­a­beth) in Pla­cen­tia Bay. His was one of the 23 orig­i­nal fam­i­lies that moved into Win­ter­land when it came into be­ing in 1939 un­der the Com­mis­sion of Gov­ern­ment’s re­set­tle­ment pro­gram, in­tro­duced to get some peo­ple out of the fish­ing boats and into farm­ing.

Don Moul­ton, Terry’s fa­ther, even­tu­ally took over the farm from his fa­ther and worked the land for all of his adult life un­til his two sons, Terry and Dale, joined him. Terry is now the only full-time farmer at Win­ter­land. Since Dale is now em­ployed else­where, Terry has had to cut back dra­mat­i­cally on the size of the crop he plants.

“I’m down now to only grow­ing about one third of the cab­bage, turnip and other veg­eta­bles we did when Dale was in­volved,” he ex­plained. “I had no choice be­cause it’s next to im­pos­si­ble to get work­ers to help when you need them.”

AL­LAN STOODLEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Win­ter­land farmer Terry Moul­ton checks out his pump­kin patch to see how they are grow­ing. He ex­pects to have at least 2,000 pump­kins ready for Pump­kin Patch Day at his farm on Thanks­giv­ing week­end. Vis­i­tors will be treated to hayrides and treats with do­na­tions be­ing ac­cepted for the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. Al­lan Stoodley Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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