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The Reality of Yarn

Don’t get me wrong.  Playing with yarn gives me great joy.  I love the texture, the sheepy scent, the slight dust of it.  I love

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Goslings Arrive

We have goslings! The geese sat patiently on their eggs for most of April.  One goose set herself up beneath some haying equipment, allowing us

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Lamb-burgers

Matt kept saying “MMMMMMM” when he tried this simple lamburger.  It was hard to focus on my own lamb burger with all of the UMMM

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Out to Pasture

*bang bang* My eyes open.  Matt says, “Someone is at the door, I think?” My phone says it’s 5am.  It can’t be anything good. *bang

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On Cooking

This spring, we arrived at the point in our farm lives where leaving the farm, even for a day, requires planning.  Leaving overnight demands hired

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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

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Waiting for Spring

It’s almost May. The grass has been taking its time in growing, but the lambs haven’t.  It pains me to see my tired ewes nursing

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Some Home Stuff

Four weeks ago, Dad went to the doctor with a persistent headache focused in his right temple.  Doctors treated him for a sinus infection, but

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Triumph and Tribulation

We have 73 lambs on the ground and only one ewe left yet to lamb.  Lambing was a constant process of checking, evaluating, assisting, monitoring,

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Our Stories

In the Press

  • Here are a few features of our farm and articles written by me in the past for the late, great Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine:
  • Back when we lived in Williston and the farm was still known as Sheep and Pickle Farm, the Williston Observer sent a reporter out to the farm.
  • Visiting the Marshfield School of Weaving was a tremendous treat for me, as I so seldom get a chance to spend time making finished products from wool
  • I love mutton, so writing an article about cooking mutton was simple and enjoyable for me.  Lamb may get most of the credit but mutton is the meat that shepherds keep for themselves.
  • Here is my very comprehensive article about the challenges of raising sheep for milk and the lack of growth in the sheep dairy sector of Vermont.  This is probably one of my favorites, though the topic feels somewhat depressing.
  • Vermont has a seemly-disproportionate number of farms focused on rare and unusual breeds of sheep, ours included.  Writing this article was a fun opportunity to chat with some of my fellow local shepherds.
  • I wrote this reflection when my father-in-law died.  My work in agriculture has very much influenced how I view death.
  • I wrote an article about the joys and challenges of raising ducks.  Ducks are fantastic farm animals, but achieving a well-plucked roasting duck still eludes us.
  • I explored different popular breeds of meat chickens in a comprehensive evaluation of whether farmers have really replaced the ubiquitous Cornish Cross with slower growing breeds that are more able to engage in natural chicken behaviors.

Friends and Community

Farming isn’t a solo endeavor.  We live in a vibrant farming community.  If you like our farm, here are some other farms and businesses to check out:

We are members of the Bluefaced Leicester Union, the American Border Leicester Association, the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association where you can also view our listing, and we subscribe to the Shepherd, Sheep Magazine, and ASI. Locally, we belong to the Albany Community Trust.

My parents both do high-level handicraft.  My mother owns Judith Sullivan Kiltmaker, her full time employment.  My father is Sullivan Handweaving.  He has woven some beautiful scarves using my yarn this year.

Our neighbors include the Craftsbury General Store, where I do much of my day-to-day shopping.  They are a great source of local meat, dairy and produce and do a lot to engage and enhance the community.  We’d be hungry and coffee-less without them.

We buy our milk from Sweet Rowen – it’s pure, whole milk from right around the corner that isn’t homogenized, and it makes our coffee divine.  It feels good to know that our dairy farmer gets a fair price for the milk and isn’t relying on crashing bulk-sales prices.

Our sheep-farm friends are many: we love Stark Hollow Farm‘s tasty pork and their friendly kindness.  We are pleased to know other farmers working with the same goals as ours.  Tammy White at Wing and a Prayer Farm is a valued friend and fiber-guide.  Mary Lake, my shearer, has provided more than her fair share of help and emergency support over the years.  There’s be no farm without her. Our new neighbors include Tam at Wool and Feathers, Maria of Cate Hill Orchard, and longtime shepherd Larry Bohen from Larry Bohen Websolutions.

We’ve worked with The Royal Butcher and Vermont Livestock and Slaugh

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