This paper presents the remarkably edible landscape of Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Tilting is a Cultural
Landscape District (Historic Sites and Monuments Board) and a Registered Heritage District (Heritage Foundation of
Newfoundland and Labrador). Tilting has outstanding extant examples of vernacular architecture relating to
Newfoundland's inshore fishery, but Tilting was also a farming community despite its challenging sub-arctic climate
and exposed North Atlantic coastal location. There was a delicate sustainable balance in all aspects of life and work
in Tilting, as demonstrated through a resource-conserving inshore fishery and through finely tuned agricultural and
animal husbandry practices. Tilting's landscape was "literally" edible in a way that is unusual for most rural North
American communities today. Animals like cows, horses, sheep, goats, and chickens were free to roam and forage for
food and fences were used to keep animals out of gardens and hay meadows. This paper documents this dynamic
arrangement and situates local agricultural and animal husbandry practices in the context of other communities and
regions in outport Newfoundland. It also describes the recent rural Newfoundland transition from a working landscape
to a pleasure landscape.
Keywords : Sustainability, Agriculture, Fishery, Vernacular Architecture, Cultural Landscapes
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