- Provides and supports homes where our community members live as a family.
- Directs a land-based work program, offering on-the-job training in agricultural work and sustainable practices.
- Expects our members to be responsible, participatory, considerate citizens of the High Spirit community and the larger world.
- Inspires and trains the next generation of professionals to provide therapeutic care and to be leaders in creating inclusive communities.
- Serves as a catalyst for investment in this model
High Spirit Community Farm operates a Farm Program, with programming determined by the interests of each individual. We reconnect to the earth and work the hardscrabble Berkshire Hills into bountiful production. We celebrate by creating meals made from our organically grown vegetables, eggs and meat together as a community. We aspire to grow or raise much of our food. We have a large vegetable garden, greenhouse, a Companion Plant garden, several fruit trees, goats, pigs and a brood of egg-producing chickens. What we do not eat immediately after harvest, we process and preserve in order to enjoy later in the year or donate to local food banks and community fridges to support the greater community.of care, community and service. All of our community members participate in the care and maintenance of our gardens, trees and animals. There are a wide variety of meaningful work opportunities requiring different levels of skill. Some jobs require careful fine motor skills: picking up eggs, planting seeds and separating herbs from their stems. There are also lots of gross motor jobs: mucking stalls, turning compost and taking buckets of food scraps to the chickens. No matter the work, our program focuses on the intentionality and development throughout the experience, finding a way for everyone to have a role in our community.
Year Founded: 2007