Gamboling Lambs: Another Sign of Spring

February 16, 2011

Gamboling spring lambs, Camelot Downs Farm

Yesterday I toured a sheep farm with the PCC (Puget Consumer Co-op) Farmland Trust staff (http://www.pccfarmlandtrust.org/).  The Trust holds a conservation easement on Camelot Downs Farm, an organic sheep farm owned by Gary and Lois Fisher.  This easement arrangement ensures that their 15 acres will continue to exist as organic farmland under any future owners.  The Trust is responsible for ongoing stewardship of the land.

Gary Fisher, sheep farmer, shares his story.

Lois Fisher, veteran sheep farmer

It was a real pleasure to meet the Fishers, who have raised “Colonial” sheep breeds on this acreage for over 20 years.  They define “Colonial” as stock descended from sheep brought to America between 1620 and 1820. They currently raise South Down sheep and Romney Marsh sheep.  This is lambing season, and we saw 11 lambs gamboling and suckling as we wandered through the barn and sheep pens.  More pregnant ewes grazed peacefully nearby.

Sign at Camelot Downs Farm on Whidbey Island

South Down ewe and twin lambs

Mother checking up on her baby

 

Romney Marsh ewe and lamb

Romney ewe and offspring

Spring lambs at Camelot Downs Farm

Following like sheep

The Fishers are active in 4-H and freely share their knowledge and experience with small and aspiring farmers throughout the state.  They are real Living Treasures, and I am so thankful to have spent a delightful day touring their farm.  Camelot Downs is one of the farms on Whidbey’s Country Farms map and guide, produced by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (you can link to http://agbizcenter.org/ or http://www.psfn.org/ for more information about farm visits).

Lois Fisher, sheep farmer, with one of her lambs

I loved the shimmering iridescent feathers on this farmyard fowl.

Dolly Llama guards her flock of sheep, Camelot Downs Farm

Camelot Downs Farm tour with the PCC Farmland Trust

8 Responses to “Gamboling Lambs: Another Sign of Spring”

  1. garden2day Says:

    So glad to hear about the land conservation efforts-great for future generations. I wish there was more interest in my area of the country. It’s too late to do anything after it is all gone. — The lambs are so cute!

  2. Sandy Bessinbgpas Says:

    Boy do I miss my lambs and making the midnight barn checks to look for newborns. And looking out my window to watch them play tag and king of the mountain.Lambing time is certainly a sign of spring.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Lois had one bottle-fed lamb, five days old, warming in front of the wood stove in her living room. She had to bottle feed every four hours — 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 6 o’clock — day and night. You guys don’t get much sleep during lambing season!

  3. Shirley Mord Says:

    Such an intersting post on your blog, I have a friend who raised sheep and will send this blog to her she would love it.
    I look forward to looking at your blog everyday, you have such a talent for finding the unusual and out of the ordinary posts.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thank you. I have to say, the blog keeps me on my toes. I have to keep finding interesting things to see and do so that I have a comment to pass along. Thanks for reading.


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  5. […] second visit to this small, organic sheep farm.  (You can see an earlier post from February 2011 here.)  This year there were 22 lambs, a sure sign of […]


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