The Newfoundland Outport Nursing and Industrial Association (NONIA) was founded in 1920 in effort to provide healthcare to the inhabitants of Newfoundland's rural fishing communities. These outports, tucked away on the beautiful but harsh and weathered coast, had little access to proper care, so groups of women banded together to create hand-knit, bespoke items to sell to help cover the salaries of the sorely-needed public health nurses. Eventually the goverment assumed this financial responsibility, but NONIA remained as a non-profit. To this day NONIA operates true to their roots, with all of their wares being hand-knit by women in their own homes across the province. Now instead of knitting to pay for nursing care, the knitters receive the money back to support their own families and tiny communities. Terre Bleu's collaboration with NONIA is our small way to help preserve outport communities and this venerable enterprise. For over a century NONIA has been a lifeline for so many, this Christmas your joyful lavender sock gifts will help continue the tradition.
Terre Bleu was inspired to collaborate with NONIA to celebrate the founders Newfoundland heritage, uniting the past with the present. So too, just as NONIA honours the strength of enterprising women, and women in health care, Ian and Isabelle hope to encourage more women to chart their own entrepreneurial course or perhaps a vital role in healthcare. With this collaboration you will help us support hardworking outport families just as you show your loved ones you care with a beautiful handcrafted stocking packed with a few of Terre Bleu's lavender gifts.
We've curated two stockings to make the perfect pair for your mantle this season:
Culinary Edition: Lavender Chocolate Bar, Shortbread Cookies, Hot Chocolate, and Earl Grey Tea
Relax Edition: Lavender Vanilla Soy Candle, Essential Oil Roll-On, Soap Bar, and Lavender Peppermint Lip Balm
Help Us Keep the Tradition Alive
NONIA AND TERRE BLEU
Take a look through these characteristic images from the outports of Newfoundland to discover the beauty and charm of the people and communities your gifts will help support.