The "SponsorSHEEP" program is an opportunity for us to directly engage and connect with the broader fibre community to create a greater understanding of the process involved in raising sheep, growing and producing wool.
Not every fibre enthusiast has the opportunity (or proximity) to own or visit a sheep farm, so this program is an attempt to bring that fibre-farm experience to you!
The SponsorSHEEP program began in the spring of 2017 and new sheep are released for sponsorsheep every spring (during lambing season). Each sponsorsheep lasts for one full year, you can choose to renew for a second year if you want. There are many levels of sponsorship that you can choose, numbers are limited due to lambing each year).
We will be launching the 2018 SponsorSHEEP on Friday, June 1 at 6pm central time. We release the available sheep in the FARM STORE. The sheep go fast, you will need a credit card, and mailing address to complete the purchase! Please read below for the levels of sponsorSHEEP available, we have made some changes from last year.
"Getting to watch my sponsorSHEEP grow over the past year was such a wonderful experience. The monthly updates are great- I get photos and messages about my fluffy buddy. I live in a city, and it's the closest I can get to my dreams of being a farmer for the moment. Hopefully one day I can take the plunge like Anna and live the good farm life!"
Every SponsorSHEEP includes the basics:
* sheep naming rights
* Post card mailed to you with a picture of the sheep and basic info (name, DOB, breed etc)
* Monthly updates via email including pictures.
For those that have the opportunity to visit the farm, you can schedule visits with your sheep, attend the shearing day, and hands-on learning at the farm. All yarn and fleeces will be shipped shortly after shearing and processing in the following spring!
Levels of sponsorSHEEP (per year):
$100 - 100g of wool. You can choose Worsted, DK or Fingering weight, or roving. Plus the basics
$250 - 300g of wool. You can choose Worsted, DK or Fingering weight, or roving. Plus a 5x7 printed picture of your sheep. (skeins are 200 yds), plus the basics
$400 - The full fleece from your sheep - the fleece will come washed (unless you choose it raw). Plus a 2018 sheep calendar, plus the basics. (Great option for a local yarn store or knitting group)
$500 - 600g of wool. You can choose Worsted, DK or Fingering weight, or roving. Plus a 2018 sheep calendar, plus the basics. (Great option for a local yarn store or knitting group).
**We will be adding a small shipping charge to the sponsorSHEEP fee this year. To those that live locally we will happily refund shipping charges at the end of the season when yarn is processed**
**NOTE: As we have learned the painful way, livestock does not always survive, even with the best of care. We cannot guarantee that your sheep will survive the entire year of sponsorsheep. In the event of death, we will continue to send updates and pictures of the 'flock' and will fulfill the yarn or fleece from another sheep at the end of the year.**
Sheep eat about 4lbs of hay a day from November until May, the program helps cover the cost of hay, minerals, and contributes towards veterinarian costs and wool processing fees.