Barb Wire is Much Like Words

This summer we cleared a stand of red pines from our farm. The pines were planted in the 1970’s in a reforesting effort that swept across the state of Vermont, leaving patches of tall trees across the hillsides. Our trees had been neglected through the years. They were spindly, and tall. On several occassions, we had talked with foresters about … Read More

Felting with Gotland Curls

  Felting with Gotland curls has become a passion of mine. A very special Gotland breeder commissioned me to make a felted vest using her own Gotland curls. She wanted a vest that was light weight, one that she could use for layering under jackets. She sent measurements to me and a vest which fit her well to use as … Read More

Working on the Drive

How to Drive Sheep driving involves the dog working on its own, pushing the sheep or cattle away from the handler, sometimes for considerable distances…It has a great number of uses and although driving has a reputation for being difficult to teach because a dog’s natural reaction is to bring the stock to the handler rather than push them away… … Read More

The Song and Dance of Breeding Season

Ask the Shepherd The song and dance of breeding season has begun on our farm! As the days shorten and the temperatures drop, ewes begin to cycle and the rams begin to pine away at the fence line. Once the rams are turned in with the ewes, the dance begins. A new shepherd wrote to me the other day asking … Read More

NY Sheep Show

  Since the very first time I visited a sheep farm, I have been touched by the camaraderie, encouragement, compassion, and sharing of knowledge within the community of sheep people. Through the years of raising my own sheep, I have come to believe it is because shepherds understand the heart work of raising sheep as well as the day to … Read More

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