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Animals are Loved at Winterbrook Farm and Fiber Mill!

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Animals are Loved at Winterbrook Farm and Fiber Mill!

We visited Winterbrook Farm and Fiber Mill in September, where we met Sally Harney.  Sally, her husband, sons (and their families), own many acres which make up the farm. It is nestled in the basin of Hogan Pond in Oxford. Sally has a "spinner's flock" - a mix of sheep: Bluefaced Leicester, Romney, Corriedale, Finn, Shetland, CVM - as well as llamas and alpacas.  In truth, Sally is so kind-hearted that many of her animals were rescued by her with the support of her family.  She gives them a home and love.  She and her family will make 4,000 to...


Coopworth Sheep at Spring Fed Farm

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Coopworth Sheep at Spring Fed Farm

  On a busy homestead in Northport, Maine, you will find a small flock of sheep (primarily Coopworth) among the other animals on Spring Fed Farm. This farm - with natural springs everywhere on the property - is the home of Alessandra and Tom Martinelli. Coopworth fleece has three qualities that many spinners and knitters/crocheters love: a long fiber length (which tends to produce a knitted fabric less prone to pilling), a defined crimp (the more crimped or wavy the fibers are, the more elastic the yarn), and noticeable luster. How did Coopworth become the defining sheep breed at Spring...


A Visit to Soft Rain Farm

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A Visit to Soft Rain Farm

Approximately 8 miles northwest of Freeport, outside the commotion of shoppers and traffic, is a small sheep farm in Durham.  Soft Rain Farm has a sweet, unpretentious, classic, old farmhouse and barn. There, you will find Mary Fallon, tending her flock of Finnsheep and a few other breeds for 4-H, fiber and meat.  She is also tending to her children. About twelve years ago, Mary fell in love with a widower who had a mixed flock of sheep which he kept to maintain the pastures; it was motley flock.  As Mary waded into role of shepherd, she began to realize that...


Fernwood Fiber Studio

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Fernwood Fiber Studio

If you are traveling to Belfast from Augusta you may notice a sign for Fernwood Nursery. It  is a 1/4 of a mile down a dirt road in Montville off Route 3. This nursery specializes in woodland, native, and shade plants. But what the sign doesn't say, is that there is a wonderful fiber studio at Fernwood Nursery that opened last summer. The fiber studio is the creation of Denise Miner Sawyer. Someone would think Denise has the perfect life because she rarely needs to leave her property to earn a living.  In the spring through the fall she works...


Cabriole Farm

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Cabriole Farm

Cabriole Farm gets its name from a ballet term, and from a French word meaning a "little goat jump" - Shepherdess Joanna Porter loves both ballet and goats!  She began raising goats in 2004 and switched to sheep in the Fall of 2011. We visited the farm in late October 2017. Joanna was a crocheter and started spinning when she had goats.  When she wanted to add sheep to her farm, she researched breeds.  She chose Finnsheep for numerous reasons: these sheep tend to be a bit smaller with a smaller tail that doesn't need to be docked; less fleece...