Local 4-H Member and our Yarn
Jade is in her 4th year with the Treasure Mountain 4-H group. She is working on her project for the Plumas-Sierra fair and this year the theme for the fair is Art to Ag.
She is doing her project on natural dying. Jade came out to the ranch and we loaded her up with with Romney fiber: raw wool, roving and yarn to experiment with dying.
When asked , why did you decide on this project. She said because I thought it would be interesting to see what colors I could make and finding different things to make the different colors. She has experimented with sage, beets, black beans, lettuce, manzanita flowers, cottonwood buds, and turmeric. She was most surprised with the color that was made by using sage. She was expecting more of a silver color because that is the color of the plant but instead it produced a beautiful yellow. She was disappointed with the color from the manzanita flowers she was hoping for a pinkish color but instead a yellowish, greenish, brown was produced.
She will be doing a presentation on her project at the Plumas~Sierra fair this year from August 9-13th. We will follow up on the progress and wish her the best of luck at the fair.
The Pangora Goats Got a Shave!
The two boys, Mini Oreo (Mo), featured above, and Jo were happy to shed their long hair and feel a few pounds lighter. We are excited to say that they both did beautifully but also that we learned that Mo likes to nibble on ear lobes and noses.
They are no enjoying having their own stall in the barn to keep them warm on these snowy April days and also getting lots of "special treats".
4th Annual Farm and Garden Fest
Lambs, Lambs & More Lambs.
As we near the middle of April we are starting to wind down with our lambs being born.
The lambs from January and February are more than happy when the hay is put in the feeder, they all rush it and even try to push their moms out of the way. They can be seen in the couple of pictures below
We have a couple more ewes to give birth until we are totally finished.
The picture to the right is a new lamb that was born at the end of march, being weighed. This particular lamb was about 10.5 pounds.
2017 Fiber Show Schedule
June 10th -11th: Wool Market and Fiber Festival in Estes Park, Colorado.
June 23rd - 25th: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon.
September 4th: Monterey Wool Auction in Monterey, California.
September 15th - 17th: CA National Wool Show in Boonville, California.
October 7th - 8th: Lambtown in Dixon, California.
October 12th - 15th: Trailing of the Sheep in Sun Vallley, Ketchum, Hailey Idaho.
November 5th: Southern CA Handweavers in Torrance, California.
We will update our schedule as the shows come up to let you know what is happening for us and the ranch!
2017 Farmers Market Schedule
It will be on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commons Beach, Tahoe City.
Romano's Farmers Market: June 2nd - September 15th.
It will be on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sierra Valley Farms, 1329 A23, Beckworth, California.
Truckee Community Farmers Market: June 4th - September 25th.
It will be on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Factory Outlet Stores 12047 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, California.
Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail
It will take place on Saturday September 30th 2017.
To keep up on current news make sure you go and Like the page for the Art and Ag Trail on facebook!