Our Story

The Carl E. Dahl House at Evergreen Grove is a therapeutic farming community located in Gardner, 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.

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