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Just wanted to start a thread to say hello to anyone who might be in the forums from Western Mass, Eastern Pennsylvania, or Southern Vermont/New Hampshire. Would be cool to meet up sometime, especially if you're in close proximity to the Pioneer Valley area where we live. Open to skill/work/tool shares. We are vegan, so do not want to participate in animal husbandry stuff, but would happily build structures, help with earthworks, etc. We are looking to start growing willow and redosier dogwood for basketmaking, nettle and hemp for textiles, and a boatload of food a la fores garden. Anybody have perennials that are hardy and delicious they wouldn't mind giving away a clipping or two of? It turns out we have some established sunchokes that I had no idea were on our property when we bought it back in April! So I could give some sunchokes to interested folks.
 
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I'm a newbie, sort of. I have a husband who's a techie and an eco person, but not into growing our own food, raising animals, etc. I don't have plants I can give you, except some field day lilies or rugosa roses, those you're welcome to. BTW, the cheapest way I know to buy that sort of plant is through the New Hampshire ag department nursery, they sell rugosas, etc. by the bundle in the spring and it's cheap. Unfortunately not organic. You arrange pick up at your local NH Ag, either Milford NH or Keene NH (don't know if there is one there?), not sure which would work best from the Pioneer Valley? Guess it depends on exactly where you are!

If you don't know these , I also have some local recommendations: Green Energy Options (Keene), Tracie's Community Farm (Fitzwilliam), and Picadilly Farm (Winchester). All in NH. And the Brattleboro Food Co-op, in VT too.

Here's a pdf of the NH Ag nursery catalog from spring 2020. Their sales are done for the year, but this is to give you an idea.
https://www.nh.gov/nhnursery/documents/seedling-catalog.pdf
 
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Im closing on a house in western MA in 2 weeks, and I would be happy to get some sunchokes started in the spring! My wife and I just discovered how tasty they are this past fall. Not sure what I could trade for them, other than computer/electronics expertise at this point, but I would be happy to buy them if I dont have something you need!
 
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Sure, just remind me. I expect to be down in S. Deerfield and/or Whately in early spring.

Since we have, and you probably do too, up to 2' of snow accumulating today, after the ground thaws!
 
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