We began our partnership in 1986 when we got married and embarked on our sheep enterprise which would come to be known as The Lamb Shoppe. Starting out with nothing but just a few sheep, we persevered to purchase our first 40 acres in 1990. Although we had been practicing management Intensive grazing techniques since 1988 that we learned while traveling in New Zealand, it wasn’t until we bought our own farm that we could begin to expand our sheep numbers and really start to excel. As time passed, we were fortunate to be able to purchase additional adjoining acreage to provide us with a total of 180 acres.
Today, The Lamb Shoppe is home to over 500 sheep and other livestock species including beef, chickens, turkeys and guinea hens. With a flock of 350 Dorset ewes that lamb three times a year, a range of lambs of many ages may be found on the farm on any given day. Our sustainable farming practices have made the plants and animals flourish. We practice biological farming by working with nature, feeding and fostering the soil life and balancing it with minerals. We have worked hard to build healthy land from the soil up. We have devoted our lives to this labor of love and it has given us with a quality lifestyle in which to raise our children and, now, a place to spend our future golden years close to nature.
Over the years we have carved out a niche for marketing our lamb and other farm products. From shepherding, butchering and meat processing, conducting educational programs, marketing to fine restaurants and stores, selling ready-to-eat lamb products at our state fair booth, and operating our own farm store, we do it all. We are hoping that our daughters and their families will someday carry on the tradition.