Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Farm

Let's start here!  

So many of you ask about our farm.  Small farms have become tremendously popular lately.  Based on the questions we get from customers, it's clear to us that interest is running high.  We are also realizing that so many of you are raising gardens in the city, and are seeking good laying hens.  So we decided to show you some images of our farm, just as you have asked for!  Yes, we raise a big garden and delight in doing so.  Yes, we raise laying hens.  Yes, we are loving a small farm, and delight in the healthy changes in the land our management has brought.  Yes, we have seen 'traditional' farms degrade, become hotter, dustier, drier stinkier, uglier and noisier.  Yes, we have seen that modern farms are so unpleasant (to downright dangerous), the "families" no longer live there, nor do their "employees".

Our farm is not only a very pleasant place to live, it's got a growing beauty all it's own.  Follow along with us as we share what we've done with our little farm.  Let's start with the sunflowers!  Did you know that I did not plant these?  The birds planted them last year when they pecked out the seed from last year's flowers.  This is a cycle that repeats every year.  The seed freezes in the soil all winter (needed for germination in spring), then sprouts up at the perfect time of spring rain and warm evenings.  These plants are strong, and well adapted to "their place".  How pleasant they are!

Sunflowers are very useful plants.  Did you know you can eat the seeds?  Or you can raise them for your own bird seed.  We raise them for their beauty, our food, to attract birds, and to give our livestock something delicious to eat on snowy days next winter.  Yes, sheep and goats LOVE the leaves and stalks.  The hens love perching on the stalks in winter, and when we pull out the stalks, we give the clump of roots to  the hens as well.  They are delighted to break down the clump and eat up the grit, worms or insects they find there.  Sunflowers are very cyclical plants.  They are always giving, always enriching, always returning.  I love that about them!

Stay tuned for much more!  If you love small farms, gardens, farmhouses, chicks, and other animals, you won't want to miss what's coming!  Don't worry sheep lovers!  I'll have lots more sheep pictures coming, too!  Wait until you see Wheely Wooly Moonlight and Wheely Wooly Starlight... two VERY handsome boys we are proud to present!  Until then, stay cool everyone!

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