This recent storm has me thinking about community more than usual lately. There are many components in building a sustainable food system, but the most important aspect is social, what used to be known as neighbors helping neighbors. Gilmanton, NH, is a little outside our range, but I thought it worth posting this recent appeal from the NH Herbal Network, part of NOFA-NH:
We’ve set our day! Anyone who is interested is encouraged and welcome to help out for a work day weeding and doing other small garden tasks for Daryl Hoitt at Red Fox Farm in Gilamton. Monday, September 12, 9:30 am until about noon, followed by a optional potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite hand tools and whatever else for weeding.
As mentioned in a previous email, Daryl has spent the last year caring for her husband who has been ailing from cancer and passed away about two weeks ago, as well as other family-related struggles, and really could use a hand at her small organic herb and veggie farm. She’s been incredibly generous with her time and supportive of NOFA-NH and NHHN activities, so this will be a great way to help her out in turn.
Please email me to RSVP just so we have an idea of who is coming in case there are any changes/weather issues.
Daryl is very appreciative of our help and camaraderie during these difficult days and suggested that we nominate a local herbalist or farmer/gardener each year who could use the extra help and support with a “work day.” Seems like a great way to support herbalism (and organics) in the state and create community to me!
Thank you so much!!
Maria Noel Groves, Clinical Herbalist & Coordinator
New Hampshire Herbal Network, Part of NOFA-NH
603-340-5161 Maria’s cell
603-224-5022 NOFA-NH office