Category: Regenerative agriculture

Lambs Arrive

We’ve been preparing for lambs over the last few days. Ever-rounder ewes have warned us that it’s time to plan. These are some of our most ostentatiously pregnant ewes: We started by placing our order from Premier 1 Supplies. We bought fresh new bottles and nipples for the inevitable bottle lambs, smore syringes and needles, and a can of colostrum replacer. We like to … Read More Lambs Arrive

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Snow Too Soon

I’ll be the first to admit that we put off fixing the barn for too long. Though we have a wide-ranging array of skills, neither Matt nor I are woodworkers. Wood is a tricky medium – it warps, shrinks, grows and splits. Matt prefers metal, plastic and electronics, and I prefer spreadsheets and graphics. So the barn went unmended for months as we pondered … Read More Snow Too Soon

Considering Sheep?

I often meet folks who are considering getting sheep. Many bashfully tell me that they only want a small flock and some seem to worry that they are wasting my time asking questions. Questions are never a waste of time! Judging from the kinds of questions that I see in sheep groups on Facebook, more people should ask all of their questions first and … Read More Considering Sheep?

Our Chef Dinner

Yesterday got a little hectic, I won’t pretend otherwise. At the farmer’s market, a family of five came by and expressed interest in joining us for our Chef Dinner.  I was feeling prepared for our small contingent, but almost doubling the guest list meant we needed to kick into high gear.  I was so excited by the prospect of our new guests that I … Read More Our Chef Dinner

Doner Kebab

Have you ever experienced the magic that is a vertical stack of meat, slowly rotating and barbecuing, then shaved into a pita or flatbread with lettuce and sauce for eating? I have.  In a perfect word, I would have a vertical Doner Kebab spit, but this is not a perfect world and I don’t tend to favor “unitasker” kitchen implements anyhow. When I discovered … Read More Doner Kebab

Our BFL Yarn is Here

I am so happy with the BFL yarn that came back from Battenkill Fibers this year. In past years, our BFL clip has been too small for me to send it to a mill.  Bluefaced Leicesters are bred to have light fleeces.  In the UK, this was done with the idea of reducing the fleecy bulk of Cheviots and Scottish Blackface ewes.  The ewes … Read More Our BFL Yarn is Here

Summer Arrives

Summer arrives to find the bobolinks have fledged from our neighbor’s hayfield.   Three streaky brown birds making little plink calls were flitting and bouncing around the pasture I set up for the sheep.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to provide habitat to this struggling species. We are so close to weaning time.  I know the ewes are ready to send their lambs off on their … Read More Summer Arrives

Making a Few Changes

I’ve had a long-term struggle with this website and blog that I am finally ready to talk about. There is a conflict between my efforts to sell yarn and my efforts to sell meat.  It seems like the folks who are here to see the sheep and the yarn aren’t always keen on meat, and the folks who want to know more about the … Read More Making a Few Changes

An Ice Storm

Last night, we could hear the logging trucks trying to drag their loads up the temporary road.  At the top if the hill, the skidder helped pull the truck onto the ice-covered road using its chained tires.  The logging job is almost done, but our logger is scrambling to get the crop off the field before the thaw starts to create mud.  We are … Read More An Ice Storm

Cooking My Goose

Raising geese, then eating them.

Happenings on the Farm

We have had a busy few weeks at the farm! Having acquired our final group of ewes we plan to purchase, our flock is at full strength.  Such numbers require that I move pasture frequently, especially with the dry summer we have had.  Grass growth is stunted and we are moving the sheep off our land and onto land borrowed from neighbors. Meanwhile, one … Read More Happenings on the Farm

One Year on The Farm

One year ago today, Matt and I bought the farm. I know that I’ve described the effort we have made to restore it, to revitalize it, to build a barn and some infrastructure and a life on it. Last night, I walked out to feed the calves one of their three daily feedings of milk.  The last traces of dusk had escaped the western … Read More One Year on The Farm