Dancing Dog Farm is a homestead farm in Ridgefield, CT. We have just relocated our farm from NH, where the farm provided much of our food during the growing season, and all of our exercise! We hope to bring a Jersey cow home soon, rebuild the goat herd and bring laying hens, sheep, forest hogs, and of course plant a veggie/herb garden. We will also bring our Warre hive and a top bar hive for our treatment free beekeeping, and run pastured poultry. And yes, we are hoping to continue our homesteading classes as well.
We call our small farm “Dancing Dog” as a tribute to my sweet working farm collie, Jake. Jake helped me take care of my family, and was my right hand man (along with a few very special human beings!) when I was running the educational farm. He passed over the rainbow bridge shortly after Peter and I met one another. Jake would literally ‘dance’ when he greeted people , he always expressed such joy in life, and his delightful, goofy and sweet greetings would bring a smile to anyone, anywhere.
Everything we raise is “beyond organic” – we use no synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. I’ve been farming organically and biodynamically for over 20 years, and at one point founded and ran a 300 acre nonprofit educational farm. I am a regenerative agriculture consultant, and offer technical assistance in educational programming, organic and biodynamic homesteading and farming to homeowners, farms and nonprofits.
Peter specializes in soil biology, (he wrangles ‘micro herds!’) in fact his company compostwerks.com, provides products, services and support for ecological landcare.
We believe: it is our privilege to be stewards of the land and that we should leave it in a better state than when we got it.
We believe: children and animals should be raised in a healthy mental and physical environment.
We believe: animals should be treated kindly, humanely, ethically and have access to fresh air, clean water, green grass and sunshine.
We believe: a healthy environment and gentle handling grows healthy animals, which reduces disease and the need for medications.
We believe: healthy, biodiverse soil creates healthy, happy plants
We are so grateful to be here, and feel blessed to be able to grow good food with love for all who are nourished by it.
We have several considerations for the well-being of our animals. Each animal is allowed to express its species-specific characteristics. That means pigs will be allowed to root in the soil and forage. The cow, pony and goats graze fresh pasture through rotational grazing. The chickens are able to forage and peck at bugs and legumes. A deep appreciation for each individual animal on the farm and for the products and service they provide permeates our daily work. Our animals hold a very important place in the life of the farm. Through their hard work they turn what nature has grown into a fertilizer that further enhances soil life and health. The incorporation of animals is essential in allowing us to replace nutrients taken from the soil and grow good feed and wonderful veggies, herbs and flowers.
We have lots of milk and cheese from our dairy animals, and always have meat in the freezer. We try to put away as much food as we can for the winter, and are looking forward to building a root cellar and a hoophouse for extending our growing season.
We have a small farm stand in front of the house during the growing season, stop by! We love visitors, just give a call or drop us an email first to be sure we are home.