Raising Sheep on our Vermont Icelandic Sheep Farm
The Farm at Morrison Corner was purchased, in the later part of the 18th century, from no less a luminary than Ira Allen, who bought land in Mansfield on speculation. Unfortunately, he speculated he was buying good farmland. What he got, when he came to survey his purchase, was rocky, steep, hillsides. Not willing to take a bath on the transaction he claimed he found “gun spruce,” a tree known to grow in fertile soil, and resold the land to the unsuspecting and unwary.
Naturally, we’ve been here ever since. Depending on your point of view we are either incredibly steadfast, or completely lacking in imagination. Pick one.
The area has grown up around us, from a farming community to tourist based economy, first in the early 1800s with summer visitors escaping from the heat (and pestilence) of Boston and New York, and then, following WWII into a ski town. Stowe Mountain Resort is just down the road from us, and the Trapp Family Lodge lies to our east.
We raise Icelandic Sheep, keep German Angora rabbits, have the required small flock of chickens, and a garden, of course. Raising Icelandic Sheep is how we keep our Vermont hill farm open and… entertaining! Keeping a hobby or spinning flock of sheep is surpriisingly easy when you choose a breed like the Iceland. Icelandic sheep breeders in New England not only offer breeding stock, soft wool yarn, fleece and roving…. they offer onfarm clinics for beginners, hands on demonstrations at Vermont Farm Shows, and online stores where you can buy Icelandic fleece, roving, and wool yarn.
In addition to running the farm I’m MC on the Compuserv Writer’s forum, Morrison Corner on Ravelry, and Outlander_Adv on Twitter.. because my unfortunate Outlander Obsession combined with an interest in 18th Century experimental archeology has resulted in OutlanderAdventures.com If you haven’t visited there, you should, it’s where you’ll find Lost Lamb Soap, Bree’s Indigo Blue, and my happy experimental obsession with all things 18th century.
|We were MorrisonCorner on Twitter but we’ve got a new project going, our new webiste is:OutlanderAdventures.com The unforutunate consequences of an Outlander obsession and an interest in 18th century experimental archeology. It’s where you’ll find..
Bree’s Indigo Blue: an experiment in reproducing the color of Bree’s blue dress
Lost Lamb Soap: Sheep’s Milk soap, making something lovely out of something sad.
So now you can find us as Outlander_Adv on Twitter