Know your Wool.
Have a Michigan Family Farm experience! take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We started this venture because we had 53 acres that we wanted to put to use to enrich our soil. We fell in love with our flock and now we work for them! We hope you share our desire to grow yarn with kindness.
When you buy our yarn, you're supporting Michigan families. The sheep live on our farm, the neighbor grows the hay, the grain is local, our mill that spins it is 40 miles away. We dye with plants mostly grown on the farm. We're about the flock, the family, & the planet. It matters to us & we're glad you're here!
Shearing Day March 2021. We lost Paul to cancer in August of last year. His kindness & love for the flock lives on.
I spend my days dyeing yarn, snuggling the flock, maintaining the social media & store. I muck stalls too, but most of the heavy work is done by Luke. I'm the business brain. I used to thrive on bouncing tag lines like For Flocks Sake around with the love of my life, we were a fierce team. Now I'm learning to fly solo. When I'm not wrangling sheep I knit, sew my clothing & tend the 5 other kids in my flock. I'm crunchy, how our actions impact the planet define the choices we make for our farm.
Photo by Lemon Lane Photography
Luke is our oldest son who lives up the road with his wife and two boys. He left a career as a law enforcement officer to take over the daily running of the family farm when Paul got sick. It's a life change that is both rewarding, and much easier on his family life. He can be found slinging hay and all things hefty. The flock has a love/hate relationship with him, depending on if they see him carrying a grain bucket or the vaccination & hoof trimming kit. -Photo by Lemon Lane Photography
Cindy is Sherry's older sister who unlike Sherry not only reads the instruction manual but actually follows the directions. This is why she is the perfect Dye Specialist for our botanical dyes. Hates math but is an awesome chemist. She's the winder of skeins, the formulator of processes and our resident in house builder.
Cindy of all trades but master of pretty much everything she touches.
Most of the time, it's Cindy who packs your order with love.
She's one of a kind and if she ever quits we'll be sunk real fast!
Anne Marie has been caring for the Mitchell flock long before sheep were ever on the farm. Always one to offer a helping hand, when she was here on shearing day and Sherry & Cindy were in a tight squeeze trying to get everything done with only 24 hours in a day she was hired on the spot. So Anne Marie washes raw fleece, puts on skein bands, tends the garden, tidies up, snuggles the flock in the summer and brushes the dogs and just about anything else we ask of her.
She's one of a kind and no you cannot have her!
Jack's claim to fame is being Cindy's husband. He helps Luke when he needs an extra set of hands with the flock (pretty much always) is an expert tractor driver and fixes/ builds whatever needs mending. That's a daily occurence on a farm!
Jack's weakness is that he is a cookie monster and can be talked into most anything with a homemade treat as bribery.
Future Farmer is the youngest of the Mitchell kids. He spends his day (when he isn't homeschooling) assisting Luke & Jack with ranch work, is great at wrestling sheep that have run off and cows that are being naughty. At just twelve, he has been capable of driving the F350 for well over a year! He just has to raise the seat high enough to see over the dash.
His dream is to one day run a farm of his own.
Crops not livestock, "they're way too much work!"
Sheep to skein. Literally.