The Gadbois Family

The Gadbois Family

 

We bought our farm in Barre in 2011, after several years of searching for a place in which to raise dairy goats, sheep, poultry, organic produce, and our growing family.

BRIAN:  Is an engineer by education, and a Roman Catholic deacon by vocation.  He is the farm’s project manager.

NISSA: Was trained in event planning, etiquette and protocol, and floral design.  She is responsible for sales and marketing on the farm

CATHERINE: Our oldest daughter, works at a facility offering services to expectant mothers through the diocese of Worcester.  She is our record-keeper; tracking livestock breedings, births, milking records, supply and feed purchases, and more.

ANDREW: Our oldest son, works for a local restaurant full time.  He is responsible for choosing and planning vegetable crops, saving seeds, and researching new varieties to trial.  He is exploring butchery and charcuterie and looking forward to bringing pigs and geese back to the farm.

CAROLINE: Is our second daughter and budding shepherdess.  She loves the sheep, and they love her, too.

WILLIAM: Likes to work alongside Brian, helping with whatever task needs to be done.  He’s becoming more independent, and can often be found cutting firewood.

NICHOLAS: Is looking forward to helping with the gardening.  We have plenty for him to help with!

OLIVIA: Is still trying to decide what she would like to do.

SOPHIE: Is an eager worker, the first to spot a new-lain egg, and a fearless goat-wrangler.

LOUIS: Is keen on all things mechanical – tractors, implements… and trains.  He can tell you what a machine is, what it is for, and how it is powered.

JAMES: Is a world-class haystack climber, and does his best to try moving bales that weigh as much as he does.

JOSEPHINE: Enjoys gathering flowers and berries, and is a favorite of two of our Oberhasli does: Mattie and OJ.

GEORGE: Enjoys tagging along, taking in all of the activity on the farm, especially those happening outdoors in the fresh air.

We farm because we believe in the healing power of foods grown from non-gmo seeds in soil that is alive, from animals raised on wholesome species-appropriate forages, and mindfully prepared.  We have experienced that healing firsthand.  Our youngest children can’t tolerate pasteurized cow’s milk, but have always done well on raw milk, especially goat’s milk.  Nissa has successfully managed a debilitating auto-immune disease through a diet of fresh, organic foods prepared carefully at home.

We welcome you to visit our family blog:: At Home With the Gadbois Family