Following our second season at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, may I send a warm thank you to all our friends, customers and new-found acquaintances from literally around the world for your friendliness, encouragement, support, warmth and interest in our special new and continued products. I would like to especially thank two friends - I am sure for whom the saying "Friends are kisses sent to us by Angels" was coined - Nicci Cagan who was so kind as to offer to give up her Saturday with her family and own busy schedule to assist me in the booth. Nicci, your knowledge and experience, professional air and calm demeanor were priceless to me. THANK YOU. Additionally to friend and Holistic Management Mentor Kylie Spooner - your experience, energy and know how and kind, unexpected offer of assistance on Sunday is also unforgettable. THANK YOU! Below are some pics of prep work and our booth at the show this year. Thank you everyone, and I look forward to next year's show as we grow! ~Erin
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.