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Juniper Moon Farm

(Palmyra,VA)

Not so long ago, Susan Gibbs left a career as a network news producer in New York City in search of something more authentic. A chance encounter with a book about raising sheep sealed her fate. With a great deal of hard work and a towering stack of How-to-Farm books, Susan developed a flock of registered Angora Goats, registered Cormo, Cotswold and Babydoll Southdown sheep. Today, Juniper Moon Farm is home to a herd of lovely angora goats, some well-spoiled sheep, three Maremma livestock guardian dogs, and the world's first yarn CSA. Our farm practices humane animal husbandry, we are a "predator friendly", and none of our animals are ever sold for meat. The sheep and goats graze on organic pasture 9 months out of the year. We supplement with quality hay and a custom-made whole grain ration. We are dedicated to producing the finest fleeces, roving, and yarn by giving our animals the best possible care. We are deeply committed to raising our goats and sheep on a natural diet of pasture and hay for as much of the year as possible. We've also made a conscious decision to have our fleeces processed by a small, family-owned mill, rather than sending them to a big commercial processor. We think the extra attention to detail we receive is worth the added expense and slightly longer return time. And we like the idea of keeping those dollars in the hands of our community. We are very proud of the fact that no animal on our farm is ever eaten. Our sheep and goats live out their natural lives on our farm, some into their teens, which is almost unheard of these days. We believe that an animal that has given us fleece and lambs deserves the happiest life we can provide for them. In her spare time, Susan does consulting for would-be farmers and has written dozens of published articles on food and farming. Her full-time job is shepherding the flock and blogging about her experiences. You can share in the excitement by reading the blog and watching the 24 hour feed of Juniper Moon's Lamb Cam, both found at our website. In addition to farm tours, Juniper Moon Farm offers farm stays and Shepherding Camp. Whether you want to learn to run your own small fiber farm or are just looking for a relaxing country getaway, Juniper Moon Farm will fit the bill.

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