I started my flock in 1992 with three Jacob sheep. Over the years my flock grew to about 40 but stayed around 20 for many years. I am now down to 11 sheep. The ones that remain are getting older. The youngest is 9 and the oldest 14.
I lost another one yesterday. Her name was Jenny Jump Helen. She was a sweet but shy girl. I turned them out in the upper field to enjoy the spring grass. I went to bring them in for feeding and sheep remained laying down near the fence. When I found her she was gone. She had gotten her horns wrapped around the wild grapevine on the fence and must have broken her neck. Will miss my sweet Helen.
Shearing Day 2017
I stopped breeding in 2008 for several reasons. One was my rams were too closely related and getting older themselves. I had been very lucky most my rams were respectful and felt I wasn’t up to working with a young ram again. I am also a vegetarian and believe breeding for meat is not healthy for us and our planet. I also hated sending my lambs to slaughter. So I stopped and have no regrets.
I’ve been raising Jacob sheep since 1992. Over the years I have had those few sheep whom where very special to me. To honor those sheep, I create a garment for me to wear from their last fleece. It gives me comfort to honor their time with me.
Here are three shawls I created from Joy Farm Josephine, Haycock Aubrey and Jenny Jump Bella. Each is handspun from the fleece without carding to give a soft and airy yarn. Each yarn is Navajo plyed to enhance the color and texture. All pieces were woven on a triangle loom.
My wooly friends give me warmth and comfort long after they have gone.
Hard to believe our tiny festival started 21 years ago. While still small by other festival standards, it’s still offers something for everyone. My favorite is watching the younger generations getting involved in raising and showing their sheep. Here are just a few pictures of the contests and events held throughout the weekend. Mark your calendar for the second weekend in September. The festival is located at the 4H Agricultural Fairgrounds in Ringoes, NJ. Hope to see you all next year.
It has been another rough winter on the farm. Many of my four legged kids are getting long in the tooth including me. The month of February and March were very cold with a lot of snow and ice. The youngest sheep just turned 7 while the oldest is now 16. Arbee, Melissa’s horse will be 33 years old in May and fat Max, the donk will be 13. However, the weather is turning warmer, the pastures are getting green and lush with spring grass. Our spring shearing is scheduled for next week and hoping the weather will be sunny. Life is good. Hope you enjoy the short video of a snowy day on the farm.
The story began in the fall of 2010 when I was looking to buy an older and seasoned trail horse. A friend of mine had just purchased a little horse from Camelot. I like the idea of adopting rescues. We … Continue reading →