For the Co-op to fulfill it’s mission in various parts we need to reach out and collaborate strategically with non-profits and other community endeavors. By partnering with like-minded entities and grouping our resources together, we can become stronger and serve more of the community in ways outside of our own means. Below are the partners for 2016.
Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village and the Concord Food Co-op are pleased to announce their new agricultural partnership. Beginning in the spring of 2015, the Concord Food Co-op will begin growing produce in the historic Shaker fields, cultivating beehives and offering collaborative events and workshops. Food grown at Canterbury Shaker Village will be sold in the Food Co-op’s Concord store and at the Shaker Box Lunch and Farm Stand at the Village.
“The Shakers were, in addition to being innovators, designers and entrepreneurs, farmers. They cultivated hundreds of acres each year producing food for the Village and the community beyond,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director. “Our new partnership with the Concord Food Co-op is an opportunity to bring farming back to the Village grounds and to honor the Shaker legacy of feeding their neighbors.”
In the first year, the Co-op will grow a variety of produce that will serve to supplement the quality local, organic and all-natural food that they will continue to purchase from area farmers. The newly cultivated fields will provide additional educational and interpretive opportunities for Village visitors, students, event attendees and workshop participants.
In addition to the Shaker Organic Gardens, this partnership will revive the Village’s Bee House. Co-op staff, working in collaboration with a pair of local beekeepers, will produce honey for sale and maintain an observational hive, which will be accompanied by expanded exhibit information about bees and the Village’s history of beekeeping.
Concord Food Co-op joins Canterbury Shaker Village’s other on-site strategic partners including Brookford Farm—whose cows graze the pastures; the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Program—that operates The Shaker Table restaurant; and Preservation Timber Framing—who oversee the historic preservation of the 25 buildings. Canterbury Shaker Village has also formed a collaborative educational partnership with Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, New Hampshire.
For more information on Canterbury Shaker Village, please visit www.shakers.org.