All for the love of a dog.
In 2004 three Romney ewes came to Kingsbury to keep my young Border Collie busy. Grace was my "heart dog" for 15 years.
Raised on a small registered Holstein & Ayrshire dairy farm in Kingsbury, New York, my love for farm life and animals has been a constant. After graduation from Cornell as an adult student and starting over in life, a few sheep on a few acres was a good choice.
Now fifteen years later, many changes and slow growth finds a flock of 20+ breeding ewes in rural Fort Edward.
Grace has passed and a new girl, Flicka tries to take her place. One other constant.... only Romneys. I like all breeds but Romneys are the best!
In the genes...
My Mother's family were sheep famers in Woodstock, Connecticut & my Dad a Worthmore Feeds Salesman. Here I am with my first lamb (center, white dress) and Border Collie, Judy.
The many products of a sheep farm
We market our products privately and at the Fort Edward Canal Street Marketplace including USDA lamb, fleece, Natural & dyed roving and yarns, socks, handcrafted felt products, blankets, sheepskins and organically grown vegetables.
We were previously very involved with the Adirondack Wool & Fiber Festival, Southern Adirondack Romney Show and Washington County Fiber Tour but found administrative policies conflicted with our beliefs. Farmers!
The Constant is Change....
From Kingsbury, the flock & I moved to Fort Edward in 2009. (This reclaimed farm, just a mile east of the Hudson River, was cleared by my husband Jim's dad, Gene and family).
Before moving, half of the flock was sold to Ben Wood.
My son built us a little, skiddable barn to start. As the flock grew again and officially became Crazy Legs Farm it was time for a real barn built by my brother-in-law, John Taylor in 2013.
The finished barn.
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We live Simply.
We installed solar panels (2012) to supply electricity for the house.
We heat with wood that we cut and process from our 30 acres of woodlands.
We raise much of our own food and we are as organic as possible without being certified.
Excess meats and produce are sold privately & at the farmer's market
We produce our own maple syrup.
We supply breeding stock and young stock to other producers and growers.
Composted sheep manure fertilizes gardens and hay fields.
The paper barn model...
We are a organic minded 61 acre farm on shale and clay soils. Moving water through the property is a concern.
We raise and harvest our own hay. Besides feeding the sheep we sell packaged third cutting grass hay for rabbits and guinea pigs at Sutherland's Petworks.
What has been most important is improving the quality of our flock. We breed for confirmation, fleece quality, reliability, workability, longevity, growth rate and strength. We have begun showing at a county level to give grand kids and grand nephews the opportunity to have this experience and attachment to agriculture. We all win from this!
We keep open green space, a tidy farmstead and a healthy flock.
Visitors are welcome but must be by appointment.