The Frederick County Sheep Breeders (FCSB) is a regional sheep and goat breeders & producers organization; with 80+ members from many Maryland Counties, plus a few members from Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Open to the FCSB website Home page. It's easy to search. Type in a product, person's name, farm name, etc. in the "Search Box". Or, click on "Meet Our Members".
The 2015 Events are listed on the FCSB website -- and as upcoming Events on the Local Harvest website.
The purpose of the FCSB is to promote sheep, goat and lamb activities and products in Maryland -- promote and support the area's farm flocks, be a resource for members, educate the public, and support young shepherd's 4-H activities.
PHOTO: Flock of Romney ewes at Catoctin Creek Farm, Jefferson, MD. Romney's produce very nice wool, which hand spinners like.
TO JOIN: contact Dawn Richardson, Treasurer, Frederick County Sheep Breeders. Phone: 301-908-5985.
Go to the Frederick County Sheep Breeder's website for Dawn's email. Open to the website's "Home" page, and click on "Join". Yearly dues are $20.00 per member family.
You can also join on-line, and pay using PayPal.
The FACEBOOK icon has been added to the website.
Members raise sheep and goats for a variety of purposes.
1. Woolen Products: fleeces, roving, many types and blends of hand-spun yarn, hand-knit clothing, woolen socks,woolen blankets, dryer balls, figurines, tanned sheep/goat skin pelts, etc.
2. Locally raised, farm-fresh, custom-processed lamb: whole lambs, half lambs, some members sell lamb by the cut. Lambs are custom processed any way the customer wants.
3. 4-H Project Lambs & 4-H Kid Goats.
4. Registered and Commercial Breeding Stock.
5. Ewe Breeding Services.
6. Click on the Tab "Other Farm Products". Scroll down the many types of livestock, products and services that members provide on their farms. Contact those farms directly.
Members also raise chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, cattle, alpacas, horses -- plus free-range eggs, heritage breed chickens and turkeys, vegetables, hops, bee hives, honey and a few have CSA memberships. A few farms are Maryland Certified Organic Farms. Many FCSB members sell at various Farmers' Markets in the Washington, DC area.
The FCSB is a member of the Frederick County Bee Keeping Association. Many Bee Keepers have their hives on farms in the area.
Enjoy the Frederick County Sheep Breeders website. Scroll through the "Members" listing. Contact a farm to arrange a visit. The "Links" page is quite extensive.
Members from many Maryland Counties, plus few members from Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Events are listed on the FCSB website. Membership is open to all sheep & goat producers - even have a few members who do not raise livestock, or own a farm. Members raise a variety of livestock - chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, cattle, alpacas, horses -- plus all kinds of vegetables, fruit, honey, hops. A few farms are Maryland Certified Organic Farms. Call a farm to arrange a visit.
Contact each member's farm website for the various Farmers' Markets they participate at.
Scroll down each member's farm, check websites for those farms that are U-Pick Farms and those farms that have CSA memberships.
To arrange a visit -- check with each Frederick County Sheep Breeder member. They are busy, and often a weekend visit is the best.
Excellent website for finding local sheep breeds, custom lamb processing, wool and wool products.
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I found Frederick County SheepAssociation website very helpful and informative; now I know where to get fleece fiber and lamb for supper.
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