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First kids have arrived at Gilead Fiber Farm!

It’s finally happened, the long awaited birth of the first kids on the farm!   They were born yesterday, with no help at all.   I came home from work yesterday and there they were…all cleaned up and walking around cute as could be.  Amazing!

Doeling...resting after the work of being born

 I have been anxiously awaiting the freshening, in fact, my friend Adrienne had been here visiting all week long, in the hopes of capturing the birth on film.  She even stayed an extra day, and as soon as she left, there they were.  Sorry Adrienne, but thanks so much for being here and holding my hand.  

Buckling, checking me out
Both babies and Nola are doing great.  They are nursing well, and Nola has figured out how to be a Mama.  I’m so happy and relieved.  These kids may be the cutest creatures I have ever seen.  It’s so much fun to watch them exploring the world, they’re already trying to jump, but their little legs aren’t so coordinated yet so they do alot of flopping around, which is hysterical.   I’m not sure how I’ll get anything done around here this weekend, between the wild weather and the new kids.
Tallulah is still waiting to kid, I think she’ll have a single, hopefully in the next day or two, she was bred just a couple of days after Nola.  She’s up in the kidding stall with Nola and the kids, and she’s being very sweet with them. 
In other news….this spring has been like monsoon season, it’s barely stopped raining.  Though I feel fortunate not to have experienced the floods and tornadoes that have plagued other parts of VT.  But, is hasn’t been too conducive to getting outdoor work done.  I’ve been busy gathering my sheep fleeces for blending with my mohair.  I picked up some coopworth lamb fleeces, some cormo fleeces, a BFL, and will be picking up a Finn or two still.  I’m prepping the fiber to go out to the mills, hopefully within the next week or so.  I’m actually heading to visit a new mill in VT today, Hampton Fiber Mill, in Richmond, VT.  I’m thrilled at the prospect of having some of my roving and yarn made entirely in VT!  But don’t worry, all you fans of Tallulah Toes…that will still get spun at Still River Mill, in the exact same blend as before 🙂

Nola and her kids, learning to nurse.

Also, in a few weeks I’ll be heading down to Harlequin Farm in CT to pick up a couple of Finn sheep, a ram and a ewe, Skippyjon and Lorelei.  I’ve been wanting Finns since before I even got my goats, so I’m super excited about them.  I’ll start breeding them in the Fall, and I’ll breed my shetland ewes to Skippyjon too.  Finn wool is my favorite wool to spin, and I once got a gorgeous Finn/Shetland lamb fleece from them that was the nices fleece I’ve ever worked with.  I’m looking forward to my own home grown Finn next year.
There are still a few spots open in the Intro to Shamanism workshop happening June 11/12, so come on over and join us.  Learning to journey in the spirit world, and getting in touch with the unseen powers in the universe is a pretty useful way to spend a weekend, in my humble opinion.  (see my previous post for details)
Births on the farm at last!  Now I think I can call myself a real farmer, and it feels so right.   There will be many more kid photos to come. 

05/28/2011 at 8:09 am 5 comments

Announcing the first summer workshop at the Farm!

Some of you readers who are not on ravelry may not have heard the rumblings about this.  We’ve been chatting over there about shamanism, and using some of the ancient practices to help guide us, and bring us more peace and healing.  I think we can all agree that everyone on the planet could benefit from that these days.

At last I can announce that the Introduction to Shamanism workshop is on at the farm. I’m so excited to be able to bring Evie and Allie to the farm for this, what a treat.  Special thanks to Dianna Branson for making the introductions and getting the conversation started. 

Here’s the skinny:

Shamanic Journey Process Weekend
This joyful workshop will introduce you to the visionary ways of the shaman! Shamanic journeying is a powerful skill used by our earliest ancestors to access wisdom beyond the range of ordinary senses. This most ancient of practices offers a way to solve today’s challenges and will have you feeling more fulfilled, self-assured and lively! You will also learn how to use this method to effectively gain guidance, insight and healing for yourself and others. This workshop is an excellent way to either begin or renew a conscious relationship with Spirit. As a part of this special weekend, we’ll be honoring the spirits of our ancestral, “fiber foremothers!”

No prerequisite is necessary. Shamanic Journey Process is an introductory workshop. The ability to journey is necessary for most of the Spirit Passages workshops.

Spirit Passages
Evelyn C. Rysdyk, author of the book, Modern Shamanic Living, and C. Allie Knowlton, MSW, DCSW are committed to help you increase your personal power, feel your intrinsic sacredness and expand your connections to All That Is. Their extensive experience insures you of safe shamanic healing encounters, as well as opportunities to train in shamanism with confidence. Their website is:

Here’s what to bring:
• Rattle and drum if you have them. (We’ll have some to share)
• A notebook and pen to record your journeys.
• A large bandanna or blindfold for your eyes.
• A bag lunch and water to drink for each day.
• A rock the size of a grapefruit! (or you can collect it here at the farm)
• Blanket and pillow
• A comfortable folding chair
• Personal sacred objects for our circle center
• Insect repellent (weather permitting we’ll be doing some work outdoors!)
* Other things to make yourself comfortable
• A few small personal items to be incorporated into an effigy to our fiber foremothers.

Cost is $100 per person for the 2 day workshop. We’ll need at least 10 people to sign up to make it happen, but can accomodate more than that happily.

You are welcome to camp out at the Farm if you are inclined that way. Otherwise, there is a nice B&B a few miles from the farm with very reasonable rates Nestled Inn. There are other larger chain hotels in White River Junction or Barre/Montpelier, but they are about a 30-40 minute drive away.

To register, please email me at

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