Agriculture played in important role in the life and finances of the Enfield Shaker community. Possibly, the most important agricultural industry was the garden seed business. The Shakers would gather vegetable, herb, and flower seeds which were then sorted into small paper envelopes for sales purposes. While the Shakers were not the first seedsmen in America, they were the first to sell package seeds in small amounts for retail sale. The Enfield, NH Shakers were also known for the production of patent medicines which were produced from herbs grown or foraged in the Village. To keep the Enfield agricultural spirit alive, the Museum has three distinct garden-based programs.
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