Farm Women by Peter Miller: timeless and inspirational, by Peter
Miller (2002). Nationally, the fastest growing group buying small
farms is... women! These new farmers are not farmers by birth, or
chance, but farmers by choice. This is a look at the lives of women
who farm in Vermont, studies in black and white, with interviews.
13% of Vermont farms are owned by women, and the number is growing.
See why, and be inspired.
Farm's Resource Page: Solid advice on maintaining flock health,
introducing sheep to a new home, even a glossary of terms for new
Is designed for the 4H member who is raising a sheep for show,
but is a wealth of information, and is monitored. Yelps for help
answered in a surprisingly short amount of time by people who know
what they're doing. The site is for youngsters, but if you're in
a bind, they'll probably help new shepherds.
Online Farm Store.
A serious oneline farm supply house with some hard to find products
(like automatically openning electric fence farm gates). Ready source
of Carhart, steel toed boots, safety gear, truck chains... We're
very fond of this place!
Farm Magazine for small fry. Good articles, with overviews of
how other folks do it. Articles have included fence fixes on a budget,
pasture management, what to look for when shopping for your dream
Farm Today Magazine Crops, livestock, direct marketing, one
of the oldest of the Alternative Agriculture publications (since
1984). Small Farm tends to take an indepth look at a specific type
of farm with each issue, a year's subscription will give you a broad
overview of various small farm ventures with ideas and resources
for operating them profitably.
Gardener's Supply is
a Vermont company with a national reputation. We depended on their
floating row covers and innovative products when we started gardening
in the rocky dirt which passed for soil on our farm... now we rely
on them for pesticide free pest control and some really nifty space
saving "tools." With
several acres to work, why would we care if we can grow 50 pounds
of potatoes in one of their 3'x3' plastic raised beds? Because it
means we only have to spade up 3'x3'... not a 20' row! Nor do we
have to fence the 20' row. My seed starter is now 7 years old and
still going strong. The raised potato bed was such a success, we
may buy a second one.
1 Fence Systems. We bought our fencing from Wellscroft Fence
Systems of Harrisville, NH, the Northeaster Rep. (603) 827-3464
but the web site is worth a visit if only for the bulletin board
system. We learned where to have our raw fleece turned into blankets
on this system. Worth checking out for more than just good fencing
Today on ebay: sheep and lambing
supplies under "Agricuture:"
River Farm's Sock Collection A quick search of the web and Tongue
River comes flying up the search engines. Large farm, nice people,
but more to the point, one of the ONLY places to buy yarn and patterns
to go with so you can test drive something besides Lopi Yarn. After
our first pair of socks, we were sold on Icelanic wool as some of
the most durable, easy to work with, yarn we'd ever handled.
Katie: FFC-257M, Katie, an AI ewe lamb sired by Dalur, with semen
imported from Iceland. She is a favorite at Frelsi Farm Icelandic
Sheep & Icelandic Sheepdogs
Elaine Clark & David Patterson
P.O.Box 54 Limerick, ME 04048
207-793-4640 phone/fax www.frelsifarm.com
River Farm sells "flock in a box,"
a starter flock of 3 ewes and 1 ram. !0% off on the ewes, and half
price on the ram, all carefully chosen from prime stock to meet
your requirements and balance genetic diversity.