The Holland Project

We are excited to offer The Fall Farm Program at our new location:


Black Sheep Farm

81 Church Street

Merrimac, MA  01860


Come meet our animals!

 September 2014


Register Now 
 Space is limited 


Deadline September 30th 
Max: 7 participants 
4 Wk Program: $80
payment must be received to reserve a spot
Program begins


Sat Oct 18th


Program dates:



Volunteers Needed
 We are looking for volunteers for our program. Students will receive community services hours




Contact: Eileen Mitchell
The Holland Project to volunteer



81 Church Street
Merrimac, MA  01860


 From Route 95 N
Take Exit 58 B, follow Rte 110 toward Amesbury/Merrimac. Continue 5 miles into downtown Merrimac.  At the circle in the center of town, take a right on Church Street.  The farm is a half mile on the right. 

Also easy access from 495N - exit 53


 Approaching Autism Through Creative Agricultural Programs


 Farm Days Program for Teens with Autism and Other Developmental Delay  
An integrated farming and agricultural Saturday program for teens diagnosed with autism and other developmental delays. The program is designed for the teens to have a typically developing volunteer from the community to assist them.  Each program participant will experience the many educational, therapeutic, vocational and social benefits of working on a farm with a peer and caring for the animals on a farm setting.  

Age group: 14-22 

Program Structure:   4 Wk Saturday program beginning October 18th 

9:30:am - 11:00 am. 
�         1 � hrs in length
�         1:1 ratio participant to volunteer
�         7 participants
�         Additional volunteer staff include a LICSW. 

We start off each session by pairing up with a volunteer buddy and taking a brief walk on the nature trail that runs through the property.  Once everyone is warmed up participants will help with barn chores, learn grooming techniques, and work with their buddy to learn how to lead a horse or sheep with assistance.


We will not be riding.  All activities are on the ground.

Participant Requirements:   

�         Ability to handle the physical aspects of the program and interact with animals
         Behavioral assessment/intake questionnaire completed by parent, caregiver, or educator prior to start of program.  

�         Screening for medical conditions or allergies that might interfere with the participation of the program




Volunteer Requirements:
 All volunteers must be 16 yrs old and will participate in a volunteer orientation program. Community service hours will be awarded.

Future Programs:
Summer Camps
Wag It Tails Social Skills Classes
Adult Job Skills Programs
Spring Gardening Program

Donations are always welcome.  The Holland Project is a 501c3 non-profit corporation.  Check our website for the donation link.  Thank you for your support. 

The gang
Check out our interview on Utube:
All About Autism with Lea M. Hill featuring The Holland Project and Nevins Farm,Methuen

Contact Info

Eileen Mitchell
The Holland Project 
tel: 978-764-8611
fax: 978-997-1289