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Maureen Coulter
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New director at PEIFA says honour system relies on peoples' honesty

Though Robert Godfrey is new to the position as the executive director for the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, he is not new to the industry.

Godfrey grew up on a beef and potato farm and, although they never had a roadside stand, he knows a lot of farmers see this as another opportunity to market their product.

He hasn’t heard a whole lot of the negative side of things regarding roadside stands but feels it’s unfortunate that issues are happening out there.

“It’s too bad to hear that people are taking advantage of that system,” said Godfrey. “I do feel for those that experience the people that are coming in a smashing their box or stealing their money or stealing the product itself which is really too bad.”

However he does feel that farmers assume that risk when they have roadside stands with honour boxes.

“That is why we call it the honour system,” said Godfrey. “Some people are honest, some people aren’t.”

Godfrey still thinks there is a future for roadside stands as many local and tourists shop at them — especially with the 'buy local' movement gaining so much traction in the last 10 to 15 years.

“There is a number of factors at play that I think will keep roadside stands at least a viable option for people to make a little bit of cash.”


Organizations: P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture

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