NOVEMBER 17th: FELT SKY
Caraleigh Wilson will be leading a fiber class on Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm. The class will be creating a farm scene using a kit from Felted Sky. Participants are encouraged to bring any other materials they might like to add to their creations (ribbon, sheep or angora locks, decorative buttons, etc.)
RSVP to Mary Drumm email@example.com
DCSWGA NOVEMBER 19th
2022 Seminar Series
Seminar 3: What does it mean to be a sheep farmer?
DATE: Saturday November 19th
TIME: 6:00 PM
RVSP LINK: https://forms.gle/dqoAXbAjjTT3a5hJ8
Linda Detwiler, DVM
Lexi Berko will be speaking about her own experiences on the ebb and flow of livestock management during the different seasons of the year. From lambing season, pasture seasons, shearing, and processing, being prepared for what is involved with each aspect of sheep raising takes time and experience!
Dr. Detwiler will be speaking about what official identification means and why sheep producers should sign up, what some differences are between USDA slaughter plants versus custom cut processing facilities, and what are some important reportable diseases sheep producers should be aware of.
Tammy White believes fiber farming offers a variety of marketing opportunities and a range of levels of involvement. She will share about the many products that her fiber farm offers and how she reaches consumer audiences, in addition to offering solutions to targeting and specializing for particular audiences that are relevant to your skills and region. Topics will include, but not be limited to, use of social media, consideration of time and skills, and prioritizing your interests and abilities.
Lexi Berko grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey and, thanks to joining a local 4-H club, became emersed in the agricultural world. While attending college she began managing several vegetable and livestock farms in Pennsylvania and New York and then moved to the Hudson Valley to begin Wild Lea Farm, her owner own livestock endeavor. Along side her partner, Justine Seelaus, they raised grass fed sheep and goats for meat, fiber, and hides.
Doctor Linda Detwiler has been a Veterinary Medical Officer at the USDA for over 20 years and is presently on the National Sheep & Goat Staff specifically working with health issues affecting small ruminants.
Tammy White is the owner of Wing & A Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. She has been raising a diverse breed flock of fiber producing sheep, alpacas and goats since 2001. She is a sheep breeder, yarn farmer, natural dyer and manages several related farming enterprises on her 20-acre farm
2022 Fall Farm Tour November 26th!
Participating Member Farms:
1.Wine & Wool Studio at Arrow M Southdowns
158 Prospect Hill Road, Clinton Corners NY 12514
Southdown sheep. Farm store: yarn, fiber, Christmas stockings, sheepskins, wool dog beds, wool bedding.
1 pm : a reading of “Charlie Needs A Cloak”, followed by a felt soap workshop.
2. Patchwork Pastures
475 N. Quaker Lane
Hyde Park NY 12538
Corriedale sheep. Farm store: yarn,
roving, carded fiber, fleeces, felted and sewn items, and natural baskets.
10 am popsicle stick weaving
3. Clover Brooke Farm
175 Ruskey Lane, Hyde Park NY 12538
Shetland sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas. Farm store
4. Point of View Farm
41 Ludlow Woods Road, Stanfordville NY 12581
Finn sheep. Farm store: yarn, felted gnomes, sweaters, wool duvet inserts, maple syrup, lamb, sheepskins, ceramic pottery, whimsical sheep mobiles, holiday ornament needle felting kits.
Demonstrations at 11 am and 3 pm: how to needlefelt holiday ornaments.
Also throughout the day, there will be the following activities: how to hand make yarn from sheeps’ wool, and information on how to dye wool with a wild botanical found in the NY region.
5. Buckwheat Bridge Angoras
111 Kozlowski Road, Elizaville NY 12523
Cormo sheep, angora goats. Farm store: yarn, dyed angora locks, lamb
6. Lime Kiln Farm
523 Lime Kiln Road, W. Coxsackie NY 12192
1790 Farmhouse. Dorper sheep. Meet Tix the horse!, Farm store: maple syrup, baked goods, goat milk soaps, pickles, sauces, aged raw cows milk cheese, eggs, seasonal flowers and pumpkins.
Hosts group horse rides on 7.5 miles of trails at selected times of year.