Concord Food Co-op
The Shakers were farmers as well as innovators and entrepreneurs. They cultivated hundreds of acres each year, producing food and related products for both the Village and the community beyond. Since becoming a museum, these vast and fertile fields have largely laid fallow. Our strategic partnership with the Concord Food Co-op is an opportunity to bring organic farming back to the Village grounds and to honor the Shakers’ agricultural legacy.
Beginning in the spring of 2015, the Concord Food Co-op will grow organic fruits and vegetables in the historic Shaker fields and keep bees in the historic Bee House. Cultivating acreage at Canterbury Shaker Village and reviving the tradition of beekeeping, will further transform the Village grounds into a living laboratory and expand the visitor experience and opportunities for learning. The organic fruits and vegetables and subsequent Shaker-branded products will be sold at both the Concord Food Co-op and at the Shaker Box Lunch and Farm Stand.
As part of this partnership, Canterbury Shaker Village and the Co-op will offer a series of Wellness and Green Living Workshops at the Village.