Common fig (Ficus carica) is easy to grow and produces incredibly tasty fruits, yet few Granite State gardeners cultivate it because it can’t reliably survive New Hampshire winters. Native to western Asia and southeastern Europe, figs grow well in USDA Zones 7-10. In Zone 6, plants will usually experience significant dieback in cold winters, which means that figs can’t be grown outdoors reliably anywhere in New Hampshire. However, they can be successfully grown in containers, taking harsh weather out of the equation.
This semester I worked with interview data from members of New Hampshire communities conducted in 2019 with individuals that have a background with the economic development or environmental and conservation organizations for their towns. The interviewees were asked questions that can shed some light on their community’s resilience- the successes and challenges that their communities face, their most valued things about their community, and where they see their town in ten years. Community resilience is the ability of a community to bounce back from a setback or challenge.