Thank you to the many visitors to our farm this year for the 5th Annual Discover the Hilltowns: Farms and Artisans' Tour! We have just over 100 people come by to enjoy the beautiful weather and visit and learn about our livestock and holistic management practices. Visitors included 13 Seniors who arrived in the New Scotland Senior Program bus which is shared with the Town of Berne. Visitors were able to shop, order our fresh farm products and tour the farm to meet our family cow, Marmie and calf Aedan, our Helder-Hens who produce our delicious pastured eggs, our heritage hogs - both Mulefoot and Hereford hogs, and our rare breed Herdwick sheep as well as few visited our Akbash livestock guardian dogs. A great time was had by all! Thank you again, and we look forward to next year, so mark your calendars! ~ Erin and Ray
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.