After a number of years in the restaurant business, including owning his own, and a few other paths of employment, Aaron has finally settled upon something that he's able to get up every day and feel extremely proud of. Part of this pride is shown through his commitment to organic growing, connecting with the community around him, and building the local food system.
When he is not in the fields, he is very active in the community, committing his time and "two-cents" into several organizations whose missions he strongly believes in. He is Chair of the UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and also a member of NOFA NH. He can also be found visiting local schools, as well as offering his expertise on the subject of responsible farming and food systems to small groups and individuals alike.
In addition to his contributions to the community, he is also a founding member of the Lakes Region Agriculture Collaborative (LRAC). This group's unofficial mission is to bring Lakes Region farmers together with a cooperative goal to increase access to local food for all members of the community.
One of the major accomplishments of LRAC is helping to add a fresh, local vegetable component to the Got Lunch! Program in both Laconia and Gilford. In past years, he has also been integral in fundraising and delivering CSA Summer Shares to Alton Central School families in need, at no cost to the families, as well as offering subsidized shares to those in need.
Our local food system is growing and changing every year, and he is thrilled to be a part of it. And as one of his favorite bumper stickers says, "Support your local agriculture or watch the houses grow!"
They say behind every good man, is an even better woman...those that know Liz are already aware that this statement couldn't be more true!
Liz is actually an educator by trade and one of the most natural teachers around. Others apparently agree...her peers nominated her for NH Teacher of the Year, ultimately being selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year for the state of NH. She hates to have it mentioned and struggles being in the “spotlight”. Her honest humility and delight when it comes to her education career has always influenced those around her and now is only one more great teacher to be recognized for it. This recognition is only one more example of the importance in acknowledging people like Liz, that dedicate themselves to helping shape our future generations with such an honest passion, that is grounded in being human and treating those around her equally.
However, Liz is not only an educator! She is a major force behind Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, being an integral part of the operation from the beginning. She also founded the "flower division" of the farm, Busy Lizzie's Blooms. Since 2016, we've grown fresh cut flowers for weddings, special events, and workshops in the Lakes Region and beyond.
Whether she has been called on to help distribute CSA shares, harvest and plant, or weed a “turn row”, she tirelessly commits herself to the farm each season. The interest and support we receive from all of our farm members, customers, and clients is always such a thrill, and Liz is certainly one of the big reasons why folks are thrilled to support our farm!
Liz spent time growing up in Columbus, OH, eventually moving to Southern California for her formative high-school and college years, attending UCSD with a Cog-Sci major. After graduating, she immediately went into an intensive Graduate credentialing program for elementary education at UCSD, and then on to a teaching position in Carlsbad, CA. After four years teaching there, she quit her job, got married and moved to New Hampshire.
There were many twists and turns that led to her ending up here in the Lakes Region, to include running a restaurant for a couple years, traveling all over South America for 8 Months, and eventually purchasing a home in Alton Bay in 2010. In her return to education, she started a position as a classroom teacher at Alton Central Elementary in that same year. Always being committed to working in or near the community she lives, she's now the Tech. Ed. Integrator at the Gilmanton School...this, all in addition to letting the farm ruin her summers with all the long hours required being out in the fields!