Jacob's Reward Farm
Alpaca/Wool Fiber and Rainbow Eggs[ Member listing ]
07 Sep · Mon 2009
My friend and mentor, Susie Gibbs of the Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm is doing something extraordinary: She's giving away a beautiful starter herd of mohair goats, to a deserving fiber shepherd or shepherd-wanna-be. They just have to write a compelling essay about why they would be the right shepherd for Susie's flock. This lady is the real deal. If I had any chance of owning these wonderful animals, I'd keep this info to myself and increase my odds of winning. But I don't. So check out her blog post for all the details, and good luck.
Jacob's Reward Farm
Posted by Cindy @ 10:58 PM CDT
03 Mar · Tue 2009
This past Saturday the shareholders of the Jacob's Reward Farm CSA held our first "Herd Health Day," by weighing the sheep, trimming their hooves, haltering the alpacas and trimming some feet. The weather would have been absolutely perfect - sunny, brisk, except for the 30 mph wind! That gave us a little trouble. But all in all, the day was a complete success. A couple of the shareholders had never even been to the farm yet, so the event marked their first visit to see their "investment" up close.
New customers continue to find us here on Local Harvest, and we're so grateful for this avenue to connect with locavores in the Collin County area.
A special hello goes out to Amanda and her family who visited the farm today and took home a couple dozen very fresh eggs.
For more current day-to-day updates, see our "other" blog: www.jacobsreward.blogspot.com.
And the Texas sun sets on another beautiful Texas day...
Posted by Cindy @ 09:46 PM CST
03 Feb · Tue 2009
We did it! Yesterday we launched the Jacob's Reward Fiber CSA - the first one we know about in Texas. Our alpacas and sheep are hard at work growing wonderful fiber that we will shear this spring and process into roving for spinning, and then distribute to our shareholders.
We know that part of the gift of farm life, is, well, farm life. Our customers love our fiber products, but they also love coming to breathe the fresh air, get some dirt under their fingernails, and actually connect with the animals that provide the fiber they love.
Our Fiber CSA will provide more than just great fiber. We will help people enjoy a special connection to the land, through regular e-Newsletters, blog posts and scheduled events here at the farm.
Shareholders don't have to already know how to spin - one of our best benefits is a free spinning class! Spinning is a fun, relaxing, and fascinating craft that has been handed down for thousands of years - you can do it! If you love yarn crafts of any kind, you need to learn how to make your own yarns from locally grown and loved fiber animals!
Contact us if you have more questions about participating in this historic Fiber CSA!
Posted by Cindy @ 02:48 PM CST [ Comments  ]
01 Dec · Mon 2008
Wow. How exciting to be starting out here on Local Harvest. Like many of the family farmers here, my dream began in my heart many years before it started to take shape in reality. I lived in the suburbs for 15 years before we actually got to our small acreage and home.
Now I'm learning that, not only can I grow some food for my family and raise some cool animals who might contribute to their own upkeep, I can also network with a growing group of folks who are doing the same thing. And I can learn from them. And my dream can get bigger, as I see others growing enough to provide products to customers in their areas - people who value the dream.
I'm excitied now about finding those people in my area who are trying to make a go of a family farm on a small acreage, and also those folks who want fresh food and fiber.
I've been networking for several years with spinners and knitters, and have built a small market for my yarns and rovings. I hope to increase that, as my yearly harvest increases, and also add customers for my egg business.
If you're in the Plano/Allen/Wylie area here in TX, please let me know and we can work together to build a strong LocalHarvest community right where we live! I'm currently looking into starting a Yahoo list to support a group of like-minded folks, so let me know and I'll keep you up to date on developments.
Posted by Cindy @ 07:59 PM CST