Sheep & Goats
Our foray into shepherding wasn’t so much about food as it was about loving fiber arts: spinning, crocheting, knitting, felting and weaving. We have maintained a family of dairy goats in the past for the pleasure of fresh milk. Today they serve as companions to our wethers.
Our happy little herd is made up of nine sheep and goats: 2 Targhees and 5 Icelandic sheep and 2 Alpine goats. They all live together contentedly in a handsome 8 acre pasture. They have access to hills, woody browse, fresh water, sunshine and shelter. They are so happy we often leave pasture gates open and they don’t even notice.
We shear in the early spring, just as it gets warm to avoid the stress of wearing thick wool coats during the warm seasons. Our sheep give us nearly 50 pounds of wool in shades of cream, browns and grays. It was all we could do to process that in a year’s time, but the local fiber arts community has discovered our treasured wools so we are selling roving to the public and plan to expand.
If there’s a sheep you would like to meet let us know and we’ll arrange it! In October, be sure to join us for our annual dye day, in conjunction with Spindles and Wheels – Nashville’s local spinning group.