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24: Mary Lake – Shepherd, Shearer, Slaughterer

These days, the sheep industry is experiencing a scarcity of slaughterhouses and trained shearers, as any experienced shepherd can tell you. So it’s rare, and wonderful, to find a woman like Mary Lake who had the interest and tenacity to learn both trades and make them into her twin...

23: Joseph Morel – Sustainable Farming at Eastman Farm

Despite growing up on a Vermont farm himself, Joseph Morel of Eastman Farm didn’t think that there would be an opportunity to continue this way of life while raising his own family. But through perseverance, developing community with neighboring farms, assistance from the Vermont Land Trust, as well as...

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...

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...

16: Kate MacLean, Longest Acres Farm

Kate MacLean and her husband Nick of Longest Acres Farm in Chelsea have a familiar farmer story. Tired of working in office jobs, they visited Kate’s farming cousin in the country and fell in love with the lifestyle of hard work, fresh air, and a direct connection with animals...

3: Tammy White, Fiber Farmer at Wing & A Prayer Farm

Like so many farmers, Tammy White does a lot. She’s a fiber specialist, raising sheep, angora goats, alpaca and other non-fiber animals as well. She’s a teacher and facilitator, opening the farm to workshop participants and taking her classes on the road. She’s a baker, a gardener, a marketer....

Starting an organic sheepskin tannery

When we couldn’t find a non-toxic option for tanning sheepskins from our flock, we decided to go full-scale DIY and start our own organic sheepskin tannery. Vermont Natural Sheepskins is the first commercial, organic tannery in the USA. In this video episode, Sarah shares how she and Rick decided...

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