Our new booth at the Fiber Festival of New England! We brought along three of our young ewes for the first ever "coming out" event for our flock here in the East. We had many visitors/customers. We are always delighted to discover the various ways those of you who recognize Herdwick sheep, and how special they are, first came to know about them. Some of you have vacationed or honey-mooned in the lake district. Others are surprisingly avid Beatrix Potter followers, and some of you have even been travellers from the U.K. vacationing here in the Northeast U.S. Below are some photos from the show, including our daughter napping with Helder-Herdwyck's "Haylie". She was a real hit with the crowd, serving as our Mascot and Public Relations Representative (the sheep , I mean, of course). We now offer a new service when we will be out with the sheep - "Fiber Therapy".
Erin Bradt, 6th+ generation farmer, is co-owner with husband Ray and manager here at Helder~Herdwyck Farm. Located in the Helderberg Mountains of upstate New York, Erin also owned and managed The Wren's Nest, a fiber arts supply business she opened in 2002. Selling a variety of fiber arts equipment and supplies, it is being phased into the Farm business. Erin teaches frame loom weaving and punch-needle rug making, as well as spinning. A 2013 graduate of Holistic Management International's Beginning Women Farmers class and 2014 Annie's Project class, Erin oversees the holistic management and sustainable practices of her family farm. Her fondest endeavor is continuing the introduction of Herdwick sheep to the America's. A valuable breed to the future of agriculture.