Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

G.A.L.A. hosts hands-on homesteading and bushcraft workshops about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

Start a Study Circle

Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

Sustain-A-Raisers and You!

Sustain-A-Raisers are volunteer-led installations of raised garden beds, rain barrels, compost bins, cold frames, and clotheslines! Inquire about hosting or volunteering for a Raiser today!

GALA Volunteer of the Month: John Murray!

G.A.L.A. is excited to announce that the October Volunteer of the Month award goes to John Murray!  John is pictured next to the G.A.L.A. truck that he and his crew at Murdawg Custom converted to run on waste vegetable oil last year.

They also refinished the dump body to look brand new! Although his workmanship makes John a popular man and hard to track down, John has been incredibly generous with his time and expertise to make sure the the G.A.L.A. truck is on the road in good working order.  Thanks to John, G.A.L.A. has the only veggie-powered “truck for hire” and is able to conduct Sustain-A-Raisers without relying on the intermittent availability of volunteer trucks.

Looking for good car service? Check out John’s shop, Murdawg Custom and Everything Automotive! Originally established in Pennsylvania, Murdawg Custom moved to Ossipee, NH in November of 2008, after three years of operation. John Murray is originally from Wolfeboro, and moved the business back to the area to be closer to family and friends.  The shop is located on Rte 16 in Ossipee, next to Van Dyke Welding and across the street from Windy Fields Farm.

In the winter months John has a need for speed where he finds his fix racing vintage snowmobiles.  Last winter John had three FIRST PLACE finishes in vintage snowmobile races.

Perhaps the most exciting news, however, is the recent arrival of John Jr!!  Maggie and John Murray welcomed their son into this world late summer. And as if they didn’t have their hands full enough, they are now in the process of building a house!  Very exciting news all around with the Murray’s and G.A.L.A. is deeply honored that they manage to make time to volunteer and advocate for our shared work of sustainable community building.

If you see John at the shop be sure to congratulate him on this recognition.  THANK YOU JOHN!!