I decided that starting a monthly blog would be a good way to keep folks updated on White Rose Acres; the home of Flying Fibers Flock. It has been a crazy ride so far owning this property, but we are completely loving it!
Let me set the scene with a little background knowledge...
Jeri (owner and head-shepherdess) has been dreaming for a farm of her own for over 50 years. She has loved animals her whole life and knew that nothing could stop her from having a little barnyard of her own someday. She learned to knit at the age of ten, and dove head-first into the fiber arts almost 20 years ago. She started by picking up knitting again, then spinning, weaving, and finally by getting some fiber animals of her own. In 2001, we got our first Angora rabbits so Jeri could spin their wool in her free time. 15 years later we still raise Angora rabbits, plus a few other breeds for fun. In 2009, we got our first North American Wensleydale sheep. Three ewes as a little starter flock, which has grown to twelve! We boarded them at different friends' farms, when finally in 2012 we landed in a pasture boarding situation at an Amish farm down the road from our house. It was so nice being able to be 100% hands-on with the sheep with this pasture boarding. Our flock of 25 sheep at the time enjoyed their 5 acres of lush grass and the little open-sided barn where they could go to rest.
This wonderful Amish farm didn't stop Jeri from looking for property. In the three years that we stayed in the pasture boarding situation, Jeri kept searching for a farm to call her own.
Finding our farm...
Right after Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, we were driving around to look for different properties, and we decided to check out one that really interested us across the river. I knew the second I laid eyes on it, that this would be our forever farm. We found a little piece of paradise, with half of the land under pasture, and another half wooded with young trees that provided shade from the sun, with a tiny creek to split it up.
We kept checking it out for another three weeks until finally we bit the bullet and put in our offer. In the middle of June we closed on the land. Matthew (my dad, and Jeri's husband) and a family friend worked tirelessly for the next week and were able to get a whole 2 acres fenced for the sheep. We had a two week long hiatus while my family went overseas to visit Matthew's family, but the farm wasn't far from our minds. The day after we got back to Pennsylvania, we loaded the sheep up on a trailer and carted them over to the new farm. While on holiday, we decided to name the property White Rose Acres, to celebrate my father's Yorkshire heritage, as well as the heritage of the sheep we raise. On July 12, 2015, Flying Fibers Flock officially moved to their new home, White Rose Acres in York County.
We now have a flock of Leicester Longwools, North American Wensleydales, and one cross-bred ewe, which takes us to just over 20 sheep. Working with our sheep and farming our own land has been a dream come true. Every moment there is that much greater knowing all of the hard work that was put in to get there.
Thanks for reading,