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A Visit to Soft Rain Farm

Helen Sahadi

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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

Helen Sahadi

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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

Helen Sahadi

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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...


Nezinscot Farm

Helen Sahadi

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Nezinscot Farm

You would think it would be easy to visit sheep/fiber farms in Maine and find many skeins of yarn available to purchase, but it is a little more difficult than one would think - as I am finding out!  It seems that the break in this road leading to a skein of yarn comes down to at least one of these reasons: 1. A human being isn't at the farm - they are working a day job somewhere; 2. The sheep's fleece is sold as fleece only; 3. The fleece is at the mill being processed into yarn. However, my...


Seven Sisters Art

Helen Sahadi

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Seven Sisters Art

  For as long as Karen Grover can remember, she has loved making things. She learned to sew from her mom and knit from her grandmother. One of her first jobs out of college was as a production weaver. She also worked on a sheep farm one summer, dyeing all of their wool with natural dyes. She started dyeing raw fiber to spin over 30 years ago, first for her personal use, and then after a stint as a nurse.  It has been a full time job for the past 12 years. She was one of the original founders of String Theory...