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The Community Garden at Enfield Shaker Museum


Community garden

Our Community Garden was established in 2010 to continue a long tradition of gardening on the site of the Enfield Shaker Village and the La Salette Seminary.

The Community Garden founders wanted to promote sustainable, local growing by offering a garden space where community members could grow their own food while fostering community spirit. The garden is open to the public and our season begins in April of each year.

The garden offers 42 plots. The plots are 10' x 10' at $20, 10' x 20' at $25, and 20' x 20' at $30. In addition to the plot cost, there is a matching plot deposit. Deposits can be returned when a gardener leaves the garden. Gardeners mayalso choose to donate their deposit back to the Community Garden.

Community gardenThe garden has official state and national organic certification. All gardeners must agree to use organic seeds, seedlings, and cultivation methods including all fertilizer, and pest control. Organic seeds and supplies of fertilizers are available from local garden supply companies and our Garden Coordinators. Gardeners generally use their own tools. There is a communal garden shed where some tools are available to share. Wheelbarrows are also available.

Thanks to a grant from Hypertherm, Inc. of Lebanon, NH, the garden is completely fenced in. There is an irrigation system and a composting system shared with the adjacent Herb and Production Gardens. Gardeners are asked to keep the paths around their plots and their plots free of weeds. We are proud of all our gardens and they are part of our daily tours for visitors to this historic site.

Children are especially welcome when accompanied by an adult. They may garden as part of their family’s plot, or with an organized group of children.

Workshops in various organic gardening methods and techniques are offered when there is enough demand for them.

The Community Garden also sets aside plots annually in which fresh organic vegetables are grown for local food pantries. Gardeners are encouraged to participate in these plots.

For more information contact the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or info@shakermuseum.org. To download a registration form, click here.

Enfield Shaker Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting and preserving the complex history of the Enfield Shaker Village and the Missionaries of La Salette.