Ross & Alicia Hackerson grew Gray Dog’s Farm from a mom-and-pop operation into a viable grass-fed meat CSA. We started small with fifty broiler (meat) chickens, fifty laying hens for eggs and eight sheep. We grew, hired a full-time manager and created a grass-fed meat CSA, a Pioneer Valley presence with a good reputation. We supported a vision of sustainability and community involvement. We worked off farm jobs, earning money for new pasture, new infrastructure, and for the slow times. We also supplied extra helping hands when needed for haying, filling CSA bags, or working the Farmers Market, a labor of love.