Bah bah black sheep

One of the things we love our the Jacob sheep are their fleeces. While they do turn into beautiful works of art, we choose to sell ours completely raw - saves the buyers money ( a LOT of it) and they also get to come and pick which one they'd like. 
Our Jacobs produce a nice 3" - 6" length of a fine-medium crimp and from 4-6 pounds, which I'm told, is wonderful for hand spinners. 
If you're interested in some of our wool, please drop us a note to get added to the wait list. 
If you could make anything with a bag of wool, what would you make? 


Farm Life Camp - 2015!!

Seriously now. We have so much fun at Farm Life Camp! 

This fun group was hands on from the moment they got here on day 1 learning about nutrition to grooming and yes, riding! As an added bonus for all, we keep our groups SMALL. Some camps think 30 is a small group and it may very well be for them, but for us, 9 is our max as it gives plenty of time for us to teach each of our kids as they learn best. That small number also allows us to take a large variety of ages with everyone still feeling fully involved. 

Horses, cattle, sheep, chickens ... what will we add this year? You'll have to come to find out. :) 

2014 camps sold out, so now is the time to get signed up! More information can be found at: www.willowsedgefarm.com/farm-life.html


Discing up the Sheep pen

Every now and then it just has to be done. We're not fans of discing up the land - and don't for our large hay fields, but this small area is hard & compacted and it just needs to be done. 

As a bonus, all that sheep poo in there will be a great fertilizer when it comes time to seed!



Have you heard of gleaning? Just Google the word and you'll come up with definitions, groups and more. We were on our way back from picking up half a ton of our GMO free feed for the chickens and found these and a few more handfuls along the side of the road, next to the field after the trucks picked the field clean. We asked the farmer surveying his field and he was happy to have them go to a good home.

Now, I have no idea how these were grown and really, the location tells me it was conventional, but I'm not going to "kick a gift horse in the mouth" and turn down free food. We actually ended up slicing them and putting them in the food dehydrator and then pulverized them in the blender. We had about 8 of this size and ended up with about 1 1/2 cups of onion powder. NOTE: Do NOT dehydrate onions in the house. This is a job best left for outside - plus, if it's warm enough, the ambient temperature will help it along as well.

Thinking about gleaning? Check out some other sites, but make sure you follow common courtesy - take only what you will use! Leave some for others to glean as well. This is not the time to be stock piling.