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Juniper Moon Farm (former MV Fiber Farm) …

This is my friend Susan Gibbs. She is a shepherdess.  She is one of the most compassionate people you could ever hope to meet.  She is not a whiner or complainer and takes what life deals to her.  But when it comes to life throwing bad things at her beloved animals she doesn’t hesitate to reach out for emotional help from her friends.

This is her latest blog post, please read it and send good thoughts to Susan.

The Dark Side of Farming


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Mighty Big MVFF Flock Giveaway …

Do you love giveaways?  Do you love goats?  Have you always wanted a small flock of angora goats?  If you have then this incredible giveaway is yours if you qualify.

Our friend, Susan Gibbs, the owner of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm has more goats than she needs to supply her with beautiful mohair.  She is generously giving away a small flock of her award winning angora goats and a custom made Sand Creek shed to house them in.

Read Susan’s post below, or click on THIS LINK to find out what the giveaway is all about and how to enter.

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All essays must be received by Wednesday, September 16



A Mighty Big Giveaway

68 Comments September 2nd, 2009 | Giveaway

I have been keeping a secret since May, which may be a new record for me. A very big secret. That I have  kept [almost]  completely to myself for four months now. And now that the day for revealing my big news has arrived, I find it difficult to begin.

I guess I should start by saying that the past three years have been a complete whirlwind for me. My flock, my farm, my CSA have been embraced by so many kind, thoughtful, wonderful people and, because of all that support, I have never been in the position of having to sell any of my animals for meat or send any of them to an uncertain (but really certain) fate at the auction. I will never be able to express what that means to me. Not if I live to be a million. Not ever.


Now that I find myself in the position of having more angora goats than I need to supply us with Mohair, I want to pass along the kindness you all have shown to me to another would-be shepherd. So, with the help of my good friend Lauria and the wonderful people at Sand Creek Post and Beam, we are giving away a small hand-spinner’s flock of our award-winning Angora goats and a custom-made Sand Creek run-in shed to house them in.


Obviously, this is going to be a bit more complicated than our regular giveaways.

Here’s how it works:
Anyone interested in entering this giveaway will need to send me an essay telling me why you’d like to have a small herd of Angora goats. Your essay can contain photos, video, whatever, but mostly I want to hear why you’d like to be a shepherd. Have you always wanted sheep or goats of your own? Do you yearn to set up your spinning wheel in the pasture amongst the goats? Tell me all about it.

All essays will be screened by me and Erin. If I think you have the acreage, dedication and heart to care for these animals, I will post your essay here on the blog. Then all of our readers will have the chance to vote of which essay they like best.  Once y’all have narrowed the field to the top three, the folks at Sand Creek and I will select a winner.


The fine print: You don’t need to be a shareholder to enter. You don’t necessarily need experience with fiber animals to enter- everyone has to start somewhere- but you do need to understand the work involved in raising livestock. Do a little research into Angora goats before entering. Once we have chosen a winner, he/she and I will work together to put together a small flock that makes sense for the winner’s level of expertise. Beginning farmers should probably start with five wethered males; a shepherd with a working knowledge of Angoras might rather have five bred nanny goats. We’ll figure out what works best together and won’t let you leave with more than I know you can handle. I will also be available by email and phone while you learn the ropes.

Sand Creek Post and Beam will be shipping the custom-made run-in directly to the winner. [It comes unassembled with great instructions! Have I mentioned how much I love, love, love this company? As a matter of fact I have.] The livestock will need to be picked up at our New York farm by the winner within a month of the giveaway’s end. (I can recommend a reputable livestock shipper if necessary, but the cost of shipping will be incurred by the winner.)

All essays must be received by Wednesday, September 16th. I reserve the right not to award the flock to anyone if I don’t think there is a suitable candidate. These animals are my responsibility, and I won’t let them leave my care if I am not completely confident that they will have a have happy, healthy life in their new home.

Good luck!

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Shearing Day at MV/HV Fiber Farm …

Saturday, May 9th was the Shearing Festival at the Hudson Valley Fiber Farm. in Hopewell Jct, NY.

Susan and Patrick threw a great party.

Lots of people. Lots of good food.

There was terrific music, compliments of Sax ensemble from the local high school.

Gorgeous wool and yarn to be had.

And of course shearing.


Patrick and Jeff, the shearer.

The sheep seem in a ‘zen’ state.


Beautiful Cormo wool.

The goats & kids are a tad muddier than…

… two weeks ago, but entertaining  and adorable as always.

Thank you Susan, Patrick, Erin, Harry and everyone involved  for a terrific day.


Surprise ! …

On the 29th Deb, Chappy and I, and a few MV/HVFiber Farm shareholders, drove to the fiber farm  in Hopewell Jct, NY, to surprise Susan on her birthday.  Please CLICK HERE to read Deb’s blog, Chappy’smom, which tells better than I can what everyone did to surprise their favorite shepherdess Susan.

Surprise !

Susan and Erin.

There was cake, balloons, gifts, great people … and….

Babies and cuteness everywhere…

This little guy here with his mom nanny McPhee is  Nickelodeon.  Deb got to name him so we were anxious to meet him.

The end.

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New Fiber Farm Babies …

This is actually one of the 2008 babies but the 2009 additions are arriving almost minute by minute.

The kid babies are going to be named after fonts.  Baby boy Arno was the first to arrive, on April 13th … followed by baby girl Bell on April 14th.  And today, less than a few hours ago two sets of twins, don’t know what they are yet but they’ll be C and D font names.

CLICK ON THIS LINK to read Susan’s blog and see some of the baby pictures… but be warned, you might melt all over the computer screen.