Eolian Farm is where it all begins and Sheepscot Fiber is where it ends. All of our llamas and sheep are raised from birth or purchase until age or illness takes them. We try to provide as free a living condition for the animals that safety allows. But when the eagles fly overhead or foxes are trying to feed their kits in the spring the chickens must remain in a closed run outdoors rather than free range at will. The larger animals always have a protected place in the barn with an open door available.
Only their best fiber is processed into roving and yarn, the lesser quality into rug yarn and lowest quality is used for mulch in the garden. Most of the fiber is processed at a local solar powered mill. The rest is handspun and dyed here at the farm.
Our aim is to make our packaging eco-friendly, either recyclable or repurposed material. The labeled soap is wrapped in tissue paper and the lotion bars are packaged in cellophane, a biodegradable cellulose. The wood products are repurposed from old woolen mills or wood scraps from a local cabinetmaker.
Llama, Shetland and Finn wool unprocessed and processed into roving and yarn are from the animals on our farm. Dyed fiber from plants grown on the farm adds to the variety of natural colors from the animals. Sheepscot Fiber is a member of The Livestock Conservancy. We sell our Shetland fleece to fiber artists participating in the conservancy Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative. This program connects shepherds of heritage breeds with fiber artists that use wool from endangered breeds. The Shetland sheep are now a recovering breed on that list.
We strive to produce fine, clean fiber from our llamas and sheep. Being a spinner myself I know the importance of a vegetable and dust free fiber. Our cleaning and shearing procedures are constantly being refined so that we can provide a fiber that is a delight to handle.