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The Community Garden at Enfield Shaker Museum

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.

Community garden

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 which will be returned at the end of the season if the plot has been kept free of weeds, has been used to grow vegetables, and is completely cleaned out by the last Sunday in October.

Community garden

The 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 on soil preparation, seed starting, planting, watering, cultivation, fertilizing, weed and pest management, harvesting and putting up, and composting are presented periodically throughout the winter, spring, and summer. The Garden Coordinators are also available for assistance throughout the season.

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.