New Pond Farm is home to a small flock of Romney Sheep. Romney sheep originated in England and are considered a “long-wool” breed, referring to the length of their beautiful wool coats. They are a dual breed, meaning that farmers raise them for fleece and meat.
Here at New Pond Farm we raise them for their fiber, which we shear every Spring and Fall.
Each spring, our ewes give birth to lambs. After a five month gestation, sheep are known for having twins, and even triplets. The mother cares for her young and they drink her milk for the first two months. If you visit the barn and spend some time with the sheep, you may notice that the mother communicates with her young through scent and sound.
Once the summer grass has greened up, the flock is put out to pasture. At this time, the mother ewe will begin to wean the lambs off of her milk, and encourage them to begin to eat grass. Again, if you watch the flock, you can hear mothers and lambs bleating to one another. Sometimes a mother may be looking for her lambs, but more commonly the lambs are looking for their mothers!
PLEASE BEWARE – the fence that encloses the sheep on the hill is electrified. Please do not touch!
Each fall we offer a Fall Farm and Fleece program for the area schools and scout groups. After a tour of the farm, students will learn each step in the process of turning raw fleece into spun fiber.
Fall 2018: the sheep are still out grazing Astronomy Hill, occasionally moving under the solar panels past the Farmhouse. Once it starts to get cold they will move back to the barn for the winter.
Yarn for Sale
After our sheep are shorn, their fleece is sent off to be washed, carded, dyed, and spun into yarn. We have two-ply yarn from Bartlett Yarn‘s mill in Harmony, Maine available for sale in the Learning Center, from 9 am – 5 pm daily. We also offer a variety of fiber classes for Adults and […]