Our farm is located in the Mad River Valley on Route 100. We are a small farm that focuses on producing high quality livestock and products. We love to share our passion for agriculture with anyone who has a desire to learn. Please contact us if you would be interested in a tour or learning more about agriculture and our farm.
The Farmers: Courtney
Courtney Spaulding has been involved in agriculture for her entire life. She is a 4-H alumni with horse, dog, and dairy cow projects. She attended Auburn University (Auburn, AL) and graduated in 2017 with her B.S. in Animal Science. Courtney has been a veterinary assistant, dairy cow milker, assistant herd manager for dairy farms, and horseback riding lesson instructor. She is currently attending Saint Michael's College for a M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Colchester, VT).
One of Courtney's goals are to provide educational opportunities for those who would like to learn more about agriculture, produce high quality animals, and be an advocate for the farming industry. She has taught many 4-H clinics and events about horses, dairy cows, and dairy goats. She continues to gain knowledge and credentials in the agriculture industry.
Courtney's other goal for the farm is to provide animal-assisted therapy. She plans to use her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology to do goat, dog, and equine therapy. Courtney has a background in doing animal-assisted therapy with horses and dogs with children, teenagers, and adults, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
Courtney is a Certified Quality Producer of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats through Langston University. She is also certified in Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance through Kansas State University.
Courtney is working to become a certified dog trainer.
She started Northland Farm with 6 Rhode Island Red hens and soon after purchased 4 Nigerian Dwarf goats. The farm and Nigerian Dwarf breeding program has continued to expand to its current status.
On a daily basis, Courtney can be found feeding and caring for the animals, dropping off eggs for sale, training dogs, planning the genetics/breeding program , or working on her Master's degree.
The Farmers: Ed
Ed Spaulding is a 12th generation New England Farmer who learned farming from his father, 4-H, Heifer Project International, and professional work with environmental and sustainable programs. Ed is the Executive Director for Northland Adventure Education & Therapy Center Inc., a 501c3 Nonprofit dedicated to promoting education, health, and research. Ed has a dual-Bachelor of Science from Unity College, a Masters degree from Sam Houston State University in Kinesiology, Masters education in Clinical Psychology from St. Michael's College, and is currently competing his Ph.D. Dissertation in Health Psychology at Walden University. Ed's current interests are in the blossoming field of Nutritional Psychology and how gastric health can contribute to mental illness. Ed provides mechanical engineering and facility support to the farm.