Posts in Category: From the Farm

Welcoming our New Farm Managers

Justin and Teagan Moran arrived at our farm on November 1st from Ruby & Amber’s Farm down in Cottage Grove. We can’t wait for you to meet them! They spent the last two years, as part of the Rogue Farm Corps program, honing their skills at organic farming and learning to plow with horses. They brought with them a Labrador puppy named Rudy and a yurt (no plow horses yet). As a special addition to our farm family, Tulsi was born in the farm house on January 15th, 2017!

Justin is from Barnstaple, Devon UK and has farmed across Europe. Teagan is from Portland and met Justin while farming in England, although she too has worked on farms across the European continent. We are very lucky to have such industrious and energetic managers. Already they have put a hand to pruning and cleaning up the farm, worked on water drainage issues, and helped to prepare the farm house for our 2017 guests. Based on our conversations around seed catalogs, I expect we will have a highly diversified garden of veggies for you to choose from next summer, while our flower beds will abound with color as Teagan puts energy into her floral business.

I would be remiss if I didn’t promote some of the philosophy and interests Justin and Teagan bring to our farm.They are both very interested in community and interacting with others, just as they think education about food is vital to the choices we all make about our own health and the well-being of our planet. I expect you will find them engaging with you and your family quite a bit, willing to show you what they are doing, offering programs, demonstrating what farm to table looks like when one is only 100 feet from the other.

While Greg and I are not yet ‘doddering’, we welcome this addition of help and energy to Leaping Lamb Farm. We are still here. We are still working. We will still most likely greet you on arrival. But, this also means we can finally travel ourselves…together. Passing on farming duties and knowledge, as our generation of farmers begins to top 65, is extremely problematic and we feel incredibly lucky to have found Justin and Teagan to continue with new ideas, knowledge (and strong backs!)

Warm Holiday Wishes

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Art that comes from the farm

We have something very special to share today, and the photographs simply ARE NOT going to do this justice – but we have to try!

Recently, we had a guest staying at the farm cottage who is a very talented spinner and weaver. She took home some of the fleece from our sheep, and made yarn…

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And then, because she has a new loom and one can’t stop with just yarn when there’s weaving to do…. she made this!

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A branch can be inserted into the loops at the top so this piece can be hung on a wall, and we intend to do just that. We’re going to hang it up in the cottage – along with the sheet showing the locks and sample yarns – so future guests can enjoy this lovely piece of art made with wool from the farm!

Here’s a close-up of that beautiful pattern in the hanging:

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This piece is quite thick, and the artist, Priscilla, remarks at how very much yarn the technique uses up. Perhaps if I could be patient enough to wash and spin plenty of this wool, we could make an amazing floor rug. (Of course, I’d need to learn to weave. Oh, Priscilla, will you give lessons?!)

Thanks again to our lovely guests Priscilla, and her daughter Jessica!