The sheep are puffy balls of wool, but spring is coming, and with it one of the "rights of passage" to a new season - shearing!
Sweet Home Farms Meats is located on acreage in the central Willamette Valley that includes a picturesque stream which offers both water for the farm and a great place to cool off on hot summer afternoons. The farm is a work in progress for two young urbanites who now love the country.
Starting with gentle livestock breeds is key to success for new homesteaders. Scottish Highland cattle and Dorper/Katahdin cross sheep proved easy-to-handle and good producers for a retired Missouri couple.
Arthur, a Valais Blacknose sheep, struts his stuff and exhibits the cuteness of this heritage breed.
Two Great Pyrenees dogs have drastically improved a Kansas sheep flock’s safety, while creating lasting bonds and deep trust.
Gathering a bit of fiber-arts inspiration from Maryland’s Sheep and Wool Festival.
Springtime on the homestead is all about timing--getting those colorful eggs into the incubator, sneaking in a crop of spinach in the high tunnel, but also being on-the-ready for lambing season!
An unexpected lambing during mid-summer.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Maine dairy farmer Dyan Redick recounts a poignant start to lambing season on Bittersweet Heritage Farm.
Ilene White Freedman celebrates with her friends at their homestead-warming, after over two years of living in a trailer while renovating a dilapidated house. Their restoration includes the original logs and stone kitchen of a historic cabin. Some uninvited guests from the farm’s livestock take a house tour too.
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
How I use baking soda to treat my ram that is prone to bloat.
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.
When the farmer's away, the animals will play (safely, please!!). Preparing your farm for a farmsitter
A beginning farmer enjoys the work she has to do by hand. But would still like a tractor.
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
making a serviceable yarn from your sheep's fleeces
Taking your sheep's fleeces to a finished yarn product ready for your winter projects
A beginning farmer makes the most practical fencing choice available to her: electric nets. And gets tangled up, occasionally.
A beginner farmer learns about taking on the responsibility of raising animals.
Watch a video of a traveling sheep shearer at work and tell us about small-scale farming artisans in your region.
A new farmer builds a great sheep shelter out of free stuff and learns where not to put it.
We met Max Gonzales in the mountains of northern New Mexico about 25 years ago. I sometimes wonder if he’s up there this year, in the Cruces Basin or some other isolated mountain valley, listening to radio and dreaming of home.
I am loving my time spent at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington thus far. There are tons of great and interesting people to meet, delicious food, fun and information-packed lectures and demonstrations, and, best of all, adorable anima
Feel protected in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week! Plus, learn more about guard dogs and Great Pyrenees dogs.
Farm life is not always predictable, and some of the surprises turn out to be the most valuable lessons. This story from the ranch about some strong winter-born goats, a protective cow with motherly instincts, and a calf that’s making it against all odds will not only inspire you, but it may teach you something about the wonderful spirit of community support.
Check out these photos of some of the animal attendees at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
Organic, sustainable, recycled, fair-trade, and naturally dyed yarns are our focus.
Raise lambs for meat without the hassle of shearing wool.
You can learn to spin wool yarn, and make an easy-to-use spinning wheel from an old bicycle wheel.
Jenna has three new sheep on the homestead and she's already learning a lot.
Raising and growing your own is more than a lifestyle — it is life.