Many Hands Organic Farm (MHOF) grows certified organic produce, meat and eggs in Barre, MA (Baystate Organic Certifiers and the Real Organic Project). MHOF has been in existence since 1982 and has been selling to the public since 1985. We are highly diverse, no till, and focus on high quality and nutrient density through practices supporting maximum photosynthesis.

Please help us to meet our goal to provide 16 CSA shares for Worcester Community Fridges.  This year we have an anonymous donor is putting up a $1:$1 match to any donations that are made to MHOF.

Announcing the publication of our book:

This is a memoir of our lives and sometimes risky decisions. We relate our early years, meeting and raising kids, and building the farm, the organic movement and a healthy community. We didn’t always go along with what most Americans were doing, especially in the areas of diet and health care, employment, debt and consumerism, energy use, and culture. In this book we explain what we did, why we did it, and how it turned out. We hope it is both entertaining and helpful to people wanting to fashion a purposeful life.

– Jack and Julie

Order your book directly from us by sending a check of $29, which includes shipping.

Make check payable to MHSC, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre MA 01005.  We will mail a signed copy of the book to you.  $12.50 of your order goes Many Hands Sustainability Center.

“This book offers a window into living a life of meaning, rooted in integrity, values, critical thinking, and persistent effort. . . . [ Jack and Julie] have also shown me and so many others how to love across difference, how to tell the truth, and what it is to live well.”

Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge

co-owners of Many Hands Organic Farm

Photo by Oliver Scott Snure

Now taking orders for our 2024 Summer CSA Share

Shares begin June 3, 2024 and run through October 20, 2024

Small, Medium & large sizes to choose from with a sliding scale option.  We accept SNAP benefits and offer payment plans to make it affordable for all.

Upcoming Workshops:

Natural and Low-cost Homestead Design

Saturday, March 23, 2024

9am-12noon with pot luck lunch

Price: $50-$100 sliding scale

Jack laying out plans for the workshop

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Ayurveda, Yoga, and Seasonal Cooking
Saturday, March 30, 2024
9am-12noon with pot luck lunch
Price: $50 – $100 sliding scale
Presenter: Jennifer Peck


Miracles do happen

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Bayer Chokes on Monsanto

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We didn’t have chickens growing up, although we did have pigs, beef cows, sheep, turtles, skunks, little alligators, guinea pigs, parakeets and raccoons. I think mom thought they would be too much hassle. But when we got out here to Barre, by 1984, after Jack and my dad built the chicken house, we were in […]

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