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Concord Food Co-op to grow produce at Canterbury Shaker Village

CANTERBURY — 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 workshops and events. Food grown at Canterbury Shaker Village will be sold in the 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, Canterbury Shaker Village. "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.

"The Concord Food Co-op has a long history of providing the freshest locally grown produce to our members," noted Paula Harris, CEO, Concord Food Co-op. "The chance to fill gaps in the Co-ops produce department by growing our own fresh organic vegetables at Canterbury Shaker Village, is a very special opportunity. This partnership, which includes Co-op wellness and outreach programs, also provides the unique chance to introduce our 7,500 members to the museum, the Shaker legacy and the beautiful fields that have too long laid fallow."

As part of this partnership, Canterbury Shaker Village and the Co-op will offer a series of Wellness and Green Living Workshops including "Herbs to Grow & How to Preserve Them" on May 13; "Baking with Strawberries" on June 17 and "Fish to Perfection" on July 8. Registration is currently open. To view the complete list of workshops, visit www.shakers.org or www.concordcoop.coop.

The 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 out of 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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:18

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Pittsfield Players preparing to stage Dearly Beloved

PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Players presents the show Dearly Beloved on Friday-Sunday March 20-22, and Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29.
Take a set of beautiful twins and stage the hokiestwedding this side of Texas. With an over-indulging pastor, a truly tense mother of the groom, two grown adults acting like a couple of love-struck teenagers and some deep dark secrets among sisters, you're going to leave the theatre knowing who puts the fun in dysfunctional.
Tickets are available by calling 435-8852 or visit Ticket Leap on our website, www.pittsfieldplayers.com. The Scenic Theatre is located at 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:14

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Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting in Hebron on March 11

HEBRON — The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating its 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan and will have its next meeting on March 11, 2015 at the Public Safety Building 37 Groton Road, Hebron starting at 1p.m.

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests including the Board of Selectmen, Fire and Police Departments, Conservation Commission, and local citizens, is focused on the natural and manmade hazards that put Hebron at risk as well as the development and prioritization of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

The meeting will focus on prioritizing mitigation actions and how such actions can be implemented. Residents of Hebron and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. Another method of providing input to the committee is through a survey at http://www.lakesrpc.org/hmp/Survey.pdf.

A copy of the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed at the town's Hazard Mitigation website http://www.hebronnh.org/hazard-mitigation-committee.html. For more information call Chief John Fischer, Hebron Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-5584 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:09

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Lecture March 10 about Laconia’s Urban Renewal


MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center invites the public to a free lecture about Laconia's urban renewal project on Tuesday, March 10 from 2-3:30 pm.

Author, historian, and well-known local history columnist Warren Huse will present a lecture and pictorial history of Laconia's urban renewal in Golden View's new assisted living option, The Terrace, located at 19 NH Route 104 in Meredith. Light refreshments will be provided.

As an independent community based non-profit, Golden View strives to provide educational and cultural events to members of the community, as well as to their residents. For a growing list of upcoming community events, visit GoldenView.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:07

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