The Organic Farm is currently home to many animals. We raise livestock for wool, eggs and meat, and to encourage students to learn good animal husbandry practices. Our animals love visitors, but if you do say hello, please DO NOT FEED THEM. Our animals all have very closely monitored diets, so anything extra that is fed to them can make them sick. Thank you for your cooperation.
We currently have 3 Jacob’s sheep. Our 2 ewes, Astra and Nicola arrived in the spring from Bide-A-Wee farm in Oregon, and have been incredibly happy here, munching on all the delicious grass and enjoying the freedom to roam in their pastured paddock. Our ram, Eclipse came to The Organic Farm just a few short weeks after the ewes, and has since taken over as the leader of our small flock. The Jacob’s breed of sheep is a heritage breed that is particularly well suited to the damp Northwest climate. They all have large horns, and spotted fleeces. Please feel free to say hello to them, if you can spot them!
UPDATE: On February 10, Astra gave birth to her first lamb! Honeybee is now happily romping around the fields with her family! We look forward to more lambs from Nicola!
Our flock of laying hens is quite diverse. Each different breed lays a different colored egg, so our egg basket is always bright with color! Most of our hens lay brown eggs, but we do have Americana hens, which lay green eggs! The other varieties we have are Speckled Sussex, Delaware, Wellsummer, and Jersey Giant, all kept safe by our Delaware Rooster.
In addition to the laying hens, we typically raise about 50 chickens each year for meat. We raise the Freedom Ranger breed, as we have found this heritage breed to be strong and active, with great growth. They love being outside foraging for insects in their enclosed pastured area as they rotate around the farm pastures and paths.