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Today I learned all the things you need to know to run a sustainable household in rural Maine at Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener’s Association annual homestead day.  I was introduced to everything from spinning your own wool, milking your own goats, making your own natural fence and (debatably most important) taking that goat milk to make your own ice cream. The other apprentice and I were able to attend the event and came back with a lot of new project ideas.  The best idea so far…we are going to milk our sheep and make some cheese :))))))

The two ewes (female sheep) gave birth to their two babies (Timothy and Hazel) in March so they are milk-able.  So far attempt number one has left us with some bruises, upset mommies and a measly drop of milk.  But we are determined first and foremost to keep the sheep and us happy, healthy and safe, and then to make some cheese. I’ll keep you updated.

Here are some pics from the day.

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Churning up some sheep milk ice cream

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