Spotted Dog Farm
Terry Teitsch & Gregg Despart
897 Cemetery Road
East Brookfield VT 05036
Farming the land without harming the land -- we sell goat milk, berries,maple syrup, eggs & more
Spotted Dog Farm is a small diversified farm. We strive to grow and raise the best products we can. We use only compost and manure for our berries and vegetables and our animal feed is as close to organic as we can obtain.
Our home and farm are powered by solar (Photo Voltaic, PV) and wind for our electrical needs. Hot water for the barn is generated from our solar hot water system.
We raise CAE-negative registered Nubian milking goats, eggs, berries, garlic, maple syrup, asparagus and other vegetables.
Our young stock is for sale -- registered doelings, registered bucklings and unregistered wethers. Nubians are a very friendly and social goat -- loving attention and human interaction. Nubian goat milk is known for it's "sweet" flavor. All goat milk is naturally homogenized and easy to digest. A delicious source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A & B and it is lower in cholesterol than cow's milk.
We have over 80 blueberry plants that provide delicious berries from July to September. We also have 2 varieties of Red Raspberries that are faithful producers and can withstand the harsh winters on this ridge. We are experimenting with strawberries. Depending on spring conditions we may be able to offer these this spring! We are also just beginning to try a native Black Raspberry we located locally. We have small numbers of other berry varieties such as red currants, goose berries and honey berries as well as an assortment of young fruit trees that are yet to bear their first harvestable crop (cherries (pie and sweet), pears, plums and peaches (crazy, to think we can grow this one!!).
Maple syrup is a new addition for 2011. We currently have delicious Grade A Fancy syrup available at the farm. As the season progresses we'll have Grade A Amber and Grade B depending on the length of the season and the sap flow from our generous trees. Our sugar bush is young and untested. We use modern health spouts and tubing systems to minimize the impact on our tree. Non-maple tree species will be slowly culled to provide fuel for the wood fired arch. A solar panel and battery system are used to provide lights and music for the long night boils. Stainless steel tanks and pans means no worries about lead and since we use no chemical fertilizers on the farm our syrup is as natural as you will find.
Our small flock of chickens are housed freely and are given ample fenced in run areas all summer. Fresh eggs are available year round.
Vegetable products available are expanding every year. We have over 300 asparagus plants reaching mature harvest age. 150 are ready this year with the balance coming to maturity next year. If we can avoid our traditional late frost that nips the first tender asparagus sprouts we will be happy! We also offer 3 types of garlic in the fall. We are experimenting with other vegetables that do well on this cold rocky ridge.
We maintain a small bee yard. Winter survival is a constant worry. We actively plant and maintain many flowering plants that will provide three season food for our bees and other important pollinators.
We welcome you to come and meet the girls and their faithful guard llama, Kiwi. Learn about how solar power can be used successfully on a small farm or residence.
Services Offered: Alternative Energy consultation services -- includes Solar PV, Wind and Hydro.
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