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A Visit to Log Cabin Lamb and Wool

Helen Sahadi

A Visit to Log Cabin Lamb and Wool

We visited Betty Hauger at Log Cabin Lamb and Wool in Winterport in pursuit of finding some treasures for our monthly subscribers. Betty is amazing.  She does ALL the farm chores herself -  cultivating fields, raising sheep, horses, beef cows and rabbits, and shearing and spinning fiber.  Betty has been farming on her family's homestead since the early 1970's. Most of the time it has included raising sheep with flocks ranging from 20 -100 head; sheep and horses are her love.  She is so busy farming that she refers to herself as a "terrible salesperson"  when it comes to bringing her...


ChickGooEwe Farm and Goats! March 2017

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ChickGooEwe Farm and Goats! March 2017

                 The first thought upon arriving at ChickGooEwe Farm in Jefferson was, “Oh, am I going to be treated to a meal?”  But no, Sandra Redemske had just finished preparing squash, beets, onions, garlic and herbs to feed to her Coopworth and Border Leicester cross sheep.  With a passion for both replicating natural cultures and a passion for soil microorganisms, Sandy works on naturally balancing her flock’s nutrition with a meal like this every two to three days –or more – depending on environmental stressors that could be affecting her sheep.  Her business card...


Alpacas and Finnsheep! February 2017

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Alpacas and Finnsheep! February 2017

  If you would like a good long talk about alpacas, visit Fulton Butler and his 44 alpacas at Justa Alpaca Farm on the Farmington Falls Road (Route 2) in Farmington. He will make you feel welcome. In his retirement, he and his wife Brenda Simoneau are enjoying the unique personalities of their animals. We were there on a nice sunny winter day.  We can only imagine that during the rest of the year, Fulton must be very busy, haying and doing the chores that keep the farm going. As they mention on their website, they are working to bring...


A Visit to A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, January 2017

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A Visit to A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, January 2017

In the middle of rural Maine and not  far from well-known western Maine towns, lies a sweet sheep farm in Sumner, called A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm.  The herd isn't large, but with 32 breeding ewes there is enough yarn produced to keep the on-site store supplied, customers at a handful of Maine fairs and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool happy, and followers who will order their yarn based on their reputation, satisfied.   Our experience is that the yarn from A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm feels like we are knitting a country and a luxury fiber at the same...


Shepherds Craft Farm, December 2016

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Shepherds Craft Farm, December 2016

In December 2016, we visited Shepherds Craft Farm in Whitefield, Maine.  The farm is a perennial based farm focused on restoration agriculture. Their goal is to produce quality wool, meat and milk from healthy animals whose lives enhance the environment.   Laurel Banks' enthusiasm for sustainable farming - both from an economic and environmental standpoint - is contagious.  She has her own website and she uses her farm's Facebook page to show what fibers are available for sale as well as the most up to date happenings on the farm. What may characterize Laurel's work best is her passion for producing the best possible fiber quality....