Laughing Dog Farm

On a sunny hilltop in Gill, MA on land once part of an infamous New England (the "Renaissance") commune, Laughing Dog Farm raises a diversity of heirloom vegetables, flowers and fruit crops. We also manage a small, delightful herd of dairy goats (Nubian/Alpine/Boer/Sanaan crosses) for milk, cheese, compost and, occasionally, meat. We also have many types of maturing heirloom fruits trees, vines and shrubs as well, including kiwis, pears, Asian pears, peaches, golden raspberries and plums. (This year we've added behives to the mix and even harvested a first, unexpected bucket o' honey.)

We've gained much inspiration utilizing "backyard permacultural" space-intensive techniques, mostly hand-intensive, low-till methodogies with many permanent raised-beds, extensive trellises, a large hoophouse for season extension, manure-based compost and compost teas. Our tiny, community-based farm (2+ acres under food cultivation) is both dedicated to producing year-round, superior quality, edible sustenance for ourselves and local markets -- as well as teaching, mentoring and promote saner, healthier, more sustainable (local) food and living systems. We also open our farm to seasonal learning interns ("WWOOFers") and offer regular classes and workshops on permaculture, goats, season extension and micro-farming.

From 2002-2007 Laughing Dog Farm coordinated a small, unique CSA project (with over 1000 food share boxes delivered and distributed to families in Montague, Gill, Turners Falls and Wendell). In 2008 we took a break from the CSA model to focus on farmers market and teaching. We plan to continue seeking the most righteous and efficient ways including CSA of serving local families with high quality, heirloom produce as well with knowledge and information. Our "food mentoring" mission is manifest at Laughing Dog with interns, homeschoolers and others who learn better to grow their own food. The long term vision at Laughing Dog Farm includes maintaining the land as a sacred planting zone, healing sanctuary and sustainable teaching focused micro-farm. We welcome contact, correspondence, dialogue and visitation by serious, like-minded eco-farmers/activists/friends unafraid of hard work. Peace!


Listing last updated on Nov 26, 2008

On an historic, sunny hilltop in western Massachusetts, Laughing Dog Farm offers seasonal learning internships to youth and others seeking mentorship on small-acreage, permaculture-style, organic food production, processing, preservation, animal husbandry and land stewardship,. Interns live and work in a family environment and receive hands on education in a variety of farm-related skills and subjects.

Season:  June through October

Type:  single farm

Since:  2002

# of Shares:  12

Full Share:  $500-600 for the season (20+ weeks!) we ask some kind of labor contribution over the season (2 hours average per month requested).

Work Req?  Yes: 20

Schedule and Location:

Greenfield Saturday farmers market 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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