Spring-like day on the farm

There is a lot going on on the farm when the weather in February acts more like spring than winter. So much life is happening. Lambs are being born, honeybees are out searching for food and pollen, flowers are beginning to bloom, and green is showing itself all over. Spring on the farm is such a glorious time of year.  

 

A set of twin Corriedales arrived this morning.  

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The bees are busy today! 

This is where our garden will be. Planning and preparing the garden for planting.  

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Thank you for checking out the blog today. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We are happy to share what we are working on and towards here. We also love to hear about your stories as well. Have a great day! 

Honey Girl Farms is growing!

We recently purchased 13 new sheep and 12 of them were supposed to be pregnant. They were due February 7 and we had one born on February 4, a little ram and another born on February 6, a nice big ewe. Both lambs are healthy and doing well, but so far we haven't seen any other lambs since then. I'm really crossing my fingers and hoping more show up soon as I would really like to be able to show them. They are all beautiful sheep with what appear to be very nice fleeces. Ive sheared one so far and look forward to shearing the rest soon, which means fleeces for sale! It also means that I will be spinning yarn like a crazy person to get it up in my shop.

Other things going on in relation to fiber is the dyeing, I have some exciting themed color ways that I'm looking forward to putting out over the spring and summer. Some themes include Harry Potter, Art Through the Ages, and Music Inspiration. I am really looking forward to putting these colors together and seeing what everyone creates from them.

As spring is quickly approaching, that means the gardening must begin, and of course... The Honeybees will be making their grand appearance. We have checked the hives and we have lost two, but so far the other two look strong. We are planning to buy more bees to get the other hives going again, and we are really looking forward to see what our new farm can produce. To help with that we need to get planting, we have a bunch of native trees coming from the Missouri Department of Agriculture to add food and sustenance for the bees, ourselves, as well as some providing dye for the dye shop. The seasonal garden is also being planned and we look forward to see what we produce from there.

As you see, it's been a very busy winter and looks to be a very busy spring. We look forward to sharing our successes, failures and blunders with you throughout the year. The business end is slow, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and looks to be a promising year. Thank you all for your support and encouragement on our endeavors. 

God Bless,

Shannah

Honey Girl Farms is Growing!

We have closed on our new farm! The moving process is not complete, but it is coming along well. There is a lot to do to get the houses ready and make sure the pastures are ready to house the sheep, after all we don't want any escapes (there is a trouble maker among the cute wooly critters). Half of the bees are moved and they seem to be enjoying they're new home and finding plenty to forage. There is a possibility of one of the hives being robbed, as there were characteristic signs when they were first moved and the last time we went near the hives there was a strong smell of honey. We didn't open everything up, but we will keep an eye on them over the next week and then open them up to give them a late last minute feed and candy boards for winter. Sadly we didn't have a great honey crop, I believe a lot of that had to do with the very wet spring and then very dry summer. However, there seemed to be a very good goldenrod crop this year, so hopefully that has added a lot more stores for winter, since natural nectar and honey is always better for the bees than sugar. Sugar is sometimes necessary for the bees survival on tough foraging years, but we really try to avoid using it unless needed.

Onto my favorite side of the business... My wool! I have officially made my first wholesale yarn order and I am super excited to start dying it up and having it available on the website. This is what I've been working towards for 3 years now and it's finally here! Any of you that know me, know how much I love color and in the past have attempted other ventures involving color, such as cosmetology, makeup artistry, drawing and other things that just didn't quite hit the mark for me. With the fiber, I think I have found my home. My love of natural fibers really began about 6 years ago when I worked for an outdoor company that sold a base layer brand called Icebreaker. I've known wool was special, but I didn't realize how special until they taught us about its properties and why it was so much better than synthetic fibers. They didn't just tell us how much better it was, they let us try it... I was sold. That was the beginning of a fiber snob, haha. After that I started reading about wool and learning about different breeds and that each breed was used for different things based on fineness and durability. I also researched about other fiber animals such as , rabbits (angora), goats (cashmere, angora, mohair), camelids (Alpaca, Llama and Camel), and others (Bison, Yak, and more). You can really get lost in it all, but when you can see, feel and touch the difference, you really can't go wrong. With that I've also started to learn more about plant fibers, such as bamboo, cotton, flax and others. All have a purpose and the histories are truly fascinating.

With all of that said, I'm going to be dyeing my little heart out soon and wanted to give you all a chance to throw out some colors that you would like. So please let me know if you all have any favorite color combinations that you'd like to see me offer.