Sunday, June 29, 2008

Shetland sheep at Calypso Farm

Time to revive this blog. Calypso Farm & Ecology Center has acquired three Shetland sheep, smallish, hardy little multicolored sheep that ought to do well in the Alaska climate. Susan Willsrud, one of the founders of Calypso, likes to spin and dye, and hopes to breed a small flock from their starter group. The two new ones are from Oregon, both brownish, I'm told, and will be arriving soon. Susan uses plant dyes from plants she grows on the farm. Shetlands are apparently good all-purpose sheep, good for milking and meat, too.