Gardening at Enfield Shaker Museum

Agriculture played important roles in the life and finances of the Enfield Shaker community. Possibly, the most important agricultural industry was the garden seed business. The Shakers cultivated and gathered vegetable, herb, and flower seeds, sorted the seeds in small paper envelopes, and sold them. While the Shakers were not the first seed merchants in America, they were the first to sell packaged seeds in small amounts for retail sale.

The Enfield, New Hampshire, Shakers were also known for the production of patent medicines from herbs grown or foraged in the Village.

To keep the Enfield agricultural spirit alive, the Museum has three distinct garden-based programs. For more information, please visit the following pages:

Museum Garden Plants

CSA Program

Community Garden