The Carl E. Dahl House is a therapeutic farming community located in the bucolic North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Dahl House residents learn to tend to livestock, care for crops, and reconnect to the earth while accessing the clinical support and recovery education that will position them for personal growth and contented sobriety.
Our program is named in memory of Carl E. Dahl, a man who found sobriety as a client of GAAMHA at our renowned Pathway House program in Gardner, MA. Prior to this Carl had been both a successful engineer and a dairy farmer. Carl went on to become a counselor at Pathway House and eventually the Business Manager for GAAMHA, overseeing its substance use disorder programs and other aspects of the agency. Carl passed away in 2004 with decades of personal recovery under his belt and having helped countless others discover the gift of sobriety. It was this dedication to people in recovery coupled with Carl's passion for farming that made this program a fitting tribute to his memory.
The Carl E. Dahl House at Cass Farm is a program of GAAMHA Inc, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that has been providing residential substance use disorder services for nearly 50 years in North Central Massachusetts.
The unique nature of our therapeutic farming program means that we are not funded by insurance companies nor do we receive any funding from state agencies, which requires us to charge tuition for residency. The tuition covers the costs of operating the farm and providing services to the residents. You can help make this opportunity possible for people seeking help by making a tax deductible donation to our resident scholarship fund below. Thank You!
The Carl E. Dahl House at Cass Farm was recently featured in a story produced by Beme/CNN when they visited Western Massachusetts to report on how our region is innovating in treating people with substance use disorders.