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Rotational Grazing Tips: Portable fencing is an effective pasturing system

Since we started raising sheep back in 2008, we practiced rotational grazing to help manage our pasture and promote the health of our flock. Portable electric fencing is an easy and cost-effective way to implement this system. Rotational grazing has several goals. It is designed to promote a healthy...

Build your own garden boxes

Over the years our garden has transformed from a traditional flat fenced area to one based on raised garden boxes. Raised bed gardening has many benefits: it’s easier to work at higher than ground level; raised beds are easier to keep weeded; and you can grow more in a...

Field Trip: Fiber and friends at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

We had a great time at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this year, with our Vermont Natural Sheepskins booth. We had a fantastic time meeting new fans, saying hello to some of our Instagram friends, and connecting with some other fantastic makers. Elizabeth Elliott of eelliottknits.com creates modern,...

18: Susan Rockwell, Master of Double Weaving

Before Susan Rockwell perfected her skills at double weaving, she first discovered the craft at a sheep and wool festival, and took to it right away. In fact, she now enjoys teaching weaving to others, as well as taking commissions and creating her own designs. Join us as we...

Shearing Day 2018: tips for a good fleece harvest

If you keep sheep or other fiber animals, shearing day is a big deal, even on a small farm like ours. In the video I share a few tips for preparing for this important event. Prepare your shearing area by sweeping up, and make sure your shearer has enough...

17: Nancy & Walter Warner of The Potlicker Kitchen

Nancy Warner was, in her words, so addicted to canning and making jam, that her obsession grew from a home-jamming setup to a commercial kitchen serving supermarkets and specialty grocery stores across the country. Join us for a mouth-watering conversation about beer jellies and more traditional flavors, and get...

Tomatillo salsa: a simple, flavorful sauce

This recipe was inspired by a locally made brand of tomatillo salsa that I still buy on occasion. But with summer coming around again, I’m looking forward to making my own. Ingredients 2 pounds fresh tomatillos, paper husks removed 3-4 fresh jalapeño chilis 2 heads garlic Olive oil Salt...

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