We are a small family run farm in Hardwick MA. We raise goats, pigs, chickens and ducks. Our farm animals free range in our pasture everyday.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Trisha. I was born here in Massachusetts, but was raised in rural Ireland. We had a little farm there with cows, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks – maybe not all at the same time, but we had them. We raised hay and turf and potatoes, always had a garden, and the poly tunnel. At 18 I left home and worked on a dairy farm where i helped milk the cows. 

And the rain. There was always the rain. The cow shite, mud and the rain always managed to ruin my shoes even in the driveway where my car was parked, no matter how careful i was! You can’t wear muck boots to the supermarket…
And besides, farming is hard work.

I decided to move to the city of Boston, and i worked around Boston for years. Working in the city was much easier, and my shoes stayed clean hahaa!

It took me a few years to get used to the food here in America, white flavourless butter instead of golden tasty butter, pale eggs, plastic tasting milk, pork that tasted like whatever sauce you put on it, etc etc, so, i began to search for farm raised foods at farmers markets. That wasn’t easy in the cities in the ’90’s.

I married Bill, and had two lovely kids, and we moved out of the city- to a town in south-central MA where we began our own garden and raised chickens. We were now hooked on freshly laid eggs and greens from our little garden, and began to buy raw milk from a farm in Hardwick MA. We needed more space- a bigger garden, more room for chickens, and maybe some farm animals. And my kids wanted a puppy.

We began to search for a farm, and found one in 2012, in the very town we bought our raw milk! We moved in in 2013. A whole lot of work needed to be done on this 1840’s house and the farm was terribly overgrown. So we bought some dairy goats- for milk and brush control. They nibbled but didn’t clear much (till the herd grew a bit, and we now had our own raw milk), so, we bought pigs. The goats eat the brush and poison ivy, the pigs dig it up, and, the chickens rake the ground smooth! The ducks? They eat the bugs, ticks, and any mosquito larvae they find. Our hard working livestock! We found us a year old puppy. And, then i remembered how much hard work farming was…

Here we are today, all the same animals as i had growing up, (except for cows) and i’m back to the mud (minus the cow shite). It’s just like i’m back in Co. Leitrim but with better weather and a shite-less driveway! And i have clean shoes…!

And we have the best tasting healthy food!

We now offer camping through HipCamp. We have one site- so we are not like state or a commercial campground – you can stay for one night, or up to 2 weeks, and have a tour of the little farm and see if homesteading would be a lifestyle for you!
We do give farm tours, please call ahead to make sure we are available as we may be doing farm projects!

Also, there are things to do out here in Central MA, like fishing at the Quabbin Reservoir (think Fall Foliage!) hiking, kayaking, outdoor dining (some places have live music on the weekend) and sight seeing. There’s a winery and a brewery in town, a diner in an old train station, and a wonderful bakery. The country’s oldest agricultural fair is held every August here in Hardwick on the common, and there’s a cafe in an old general store. A beautiful old rural town. We are right beside The Rail Trail, where you can cycle from Boston to Northampton, and stop here with us to stay over and rest.

Check us out at ‘Find Your Muse‘ on HipCamp.com, or on Find Your Muse, Hipcamp on Google, stay at the farm, out back in a lovely secluded area, and enjoy the peace and tranquility! Well, the goats have bells, the roosters crow and the pigs grunt… just not all day. You might even hear the trains’ whistle….

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