|...is a multi-faceted farm that is an ever-evolving and growing entity.
We are located in mid-Michigan. As we have gained experience (and
hopefully grown wiser), our farm too grows and expands.
The mainstay and joy of our farm from its inception has been
Lavender - growing and sharing it with all of our kindred gardening
spirits -- and of course, our beloved Icelandic sheep, who were
next followed by the Icelandic sheepdogs.
What is increasingly exciting for us is to have our children more
involved in our farm, and for the farm to reflect their growth and
involvement. I invite you to explore our links here and in the pages
within to learn more about our farming journey that began
I want to say "thank you" to all of our friends and customers who have
helped to sustain our farm. Without your support we wouldn't be here.
We have met many of you at fiber festivals and others of you
through our website. Some of you have contacted me after reading
articles I've written for various magazines, or have noted our
We always encourage others to pursue their own farm dreams. If you
purchase your Icelandic sheep from us, you will have a mentor at the
other end of the phone or email whenever you need us, until you don't
need us any more!
If you have patience, are frugal, creative, hard-working and are content
to be "home on the farm" then you too can farm.
Remember that life, like farming, is ever evolving. What makes our life
so exciting to us is that we grow and change with the seasons, just as
the farm does. Some things remain stable and consistent, which is
necessary for all of life support. But the joy of life is seeing the
unexpected crop up -- like flowers you didn't plant appearing as an
unexpected joy... and thus has our farm and our lives also changed.
In 2009 we built our pottery studio and began a grand new
adventure. We also added dairy goats to our life and are enjoying
the health benefits of the raw milk as well as learning the craft of
artisan cheese making. After we lost our favorite two old goat does, we
decided to not add any more goats (2015), and will instead milk some
of our sheep.
We were excited to add Leicester Longwool sheep to our farm
in 2011 and in 2014, we added a small flock of Teeswater sheep.
To learn more about shepherding, please visit my
flock health and management page.
In 2013 we brought home our first Sarplaninac guard dog
who flew here from Serbia at eight weeks of age. We adore our Bella
so much that we added a male, Beck, in 2014.
For the "business" of farming, these are some books I highly recommend:
Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business by Sarah Beth
All Flesh Is Grass by Gene Logsdon
You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal by Joel Salatin (especially important
reading for those who want to sell food/products)
and additionally, inspiring and educational are these titles:
It's a Long Road to a Tomato by Keith Stewart
any of the books by Robert Kiyosaki, especially the one titled
Before You Quit Your Job
We also like sheep! magazine and Countryside magazine as good
resources for this lifestyle.
Some interesting links
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