Leicester Longwool lamb donated by:
Snow Camp, NC
Welcome to Hidden Spring Farm! Here in the Piedmont of North Carolina we raise Leicester Longwools, the beautiful heritage breed of sheep. This endangered, dual-purpose breed grows the lustrous, long and curly wool prized by handspinners. Having learned to spin while living in New Zealand many years ago, I decided to add sheep to our farm in order to have my own supply of wool to spin, but I also wished to help in the preservation of endangered farm breeds. The rare Leicester (pronounced lester) Longwool, with it's gorgeous fleece, seemed the perfect choice of sheep and we became the first North Carolina breeders of registered Leicester Longwool sheep in 2004. Our current flock is descended from our original 3 ewes and we continue our goal of humanely raising healthy sheep with beautiful fleeces who conform to the breed standard.
Guinea Hog pork donated by:
In 2002, Deborah relocated her suburban Chicago family to 32 acres on a creek "in the middle of nowhere" where they began producing 100% of their meat, eggs and dairy products by raising heritage animals. Today they also sell meat, eggs, soap, and fiber products. She is the author of three books on sustainable living: Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life, and Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More. Deborah is also currently working for The Livestock Conservancy on the Milking Devon Initiative and the Shave 'em to Save 'em Challenge, set to launch in early 2019. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joyful Noise Home-N-Stead
American Guinea Hog and St Croix Hair Sheep ewe donated by:
Becky Mahoney grew up on a Texas dairy farm, learning early on to care for, appreciate, and love the farm animals, as well as how to butcher rabbits for the family table. In 2001, she convinced her city-raised husband to move their family out of the city and to some acreage, continuing the homeschooling of their four children in teaching them sustainable country living, feeding their family on home-grown goat milk products and the meat of their goats, rabbits, many different types of poultry, steers, and commercial style feeder hogs. She took her knowledge of processing rabbits and poultry and expanded that knowledge to small livestock, doing much of her own slaughter and butchery.
Over the years she became interested in heritage poultry and livestock and sought out the breeds that would fit best on their small 4-acre homestead.
Since 2014 she has been breeding registered St Croix Hair Sheep and American Guinea Hogs for both the family freezer and for quality breeding stock.
She rescued the rare lost line of guinea hogs known as Hesters and is the conservator of their genetics, working to disseminate them to other committed breeders of AGH.
She is a regular column contributor to the American Guinea Hog Association newsletter, Curley Tales, writing about home butchering and use of the whole hog. Her farm tagline, referring to the hogs and sheep, is "Joyful Noise Home-N-Stead, where superior meat choices really are black and white.”
American Milking Devon beef donated by:
Double M Farm products are grown locally and naturally. They use sustainable farming practices, and try to be good stewards of the gifts God has given them. They are committed to raising healthy and happy animals that thrive in their natural environments. Their farming model is grass based, meaning that they use grass and forages as their base feed source for all of their animals. You will not find GMO's, hormones, animal bi-products, or antibiotics in any of the meat that they sell to their customers.
Ph: (765) 414-9352
Heritage chicken and duck eggs donated by:
Jeff & Tammy Hochstetler
Wolf Lake, IN
From Jeff & Tammy:
"I, Tammy, grew up on a farm raising a wide variety of livestock; while Jeff, well…, did not. Married in 1998, we started our life together, and a small backyard flock of mixed-breed poultry. As we started our family and our children, Breck and Natalee, grew, they opted to participate in 4-H. In addition to a variety of projects, they desired to raise poultry. From this humble beginning, we all developed an interest in raising purbred livestock. We felt that this was the natural progression in our children’s 4-H livestock experience; to fully understand the workings of a farm and to do so with a purpose. In October of 2015, we decided to expand our hobby into a slightly larger effort focused on raising poultry listed on The Livestock Conservancy; Hochstetler’s Haven was established was quickly established the following February. We made our breed selections based upon each of our interests, specifically, Black Jersey Giants, Sliver-Laced Sebrights, Black Australorps, Delawares, Narragansett turkeys, Pilgrim Geese, along with Rouen and Indian Runner ducks. In addition, my husband and I accepted responsibility to lead the local 4-H poultry club. We utilize this medium to educate the kids, parents and the public about the benefits of raising poultry; especially the rewarding feeling associated of being part of a larger effort to perpetuate endangered breeds; and the challenges associated with breeding toward a standard of perfection with the goal of retaining the heritage of our country’s often forgotten livestock. We continue to explore additional breeds; recently adding Buff Orpington ducks."