9/21/15 - NEW this year! We have a fantastic new event called "Shepherds Talk Fiber" - a scheduled list of talks about breeds focusing on their fiber. Our presenters have been asked to provide a 5 min intro of their breed, highlighting its fiber & Breed Association information. What is the breed standard for the showcased breed, color, micron, special characteristics, historical and/or current uses?
Any special care and handling of the sheep to produce great fiber (Breeding choices, nutrition, stress, coating, controlling vegetable matter, effects of lambing or age)
15 Minute Presentation or Demo
This can be spinning and talking about various ways to spin the breed for different results, OR
Recommendations on how to have it commercially prepared (what spin or ply or weight of yarn best highlight your breed’s characteristics etc.)
Talk and/or demonstrate felting, or weaving or any other ‘best use’ for the breed’s fiber and what makes it special,
You might see them could skirt a fleece, or do just about anything they want to get you excited about their breed’s fiber (why they love it?)
5 Min Question and answer.
Show up on time to learn about breeds that would work for your new flock (hint hint), or types of fiber you may never have worked with before. Enjoy! Add the talks to your Sched so you get reminders and can plan your festival experience.

Our 2015 Schedule is evolving. Please check back to see additions and create a Sched account to start your own custom festival schedule and plan your time wisely. Share events with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter to rally them to plan the day together. Accommodations around the Hudson Valley are booking up, so if you haven’t done it, get on that ASAP. This is just the schedule - see our official website www.sheepandwool.com to volunteer and see more pics.
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Saturday, October 17 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Syliva Jorrin - The Improbable Shepherd : More Stories from Sylvia's Farm (9-5 Saturday)

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With Sylvia’s Farm, Sylvia Jorrín shared her journey of becoming a farmer through personal stories that brought comfort to many, inspiring them to follow their own dreams. Continuing from where her first book left off, The Improbable Shepherd presents a series of vignettes, essays, and thought-provoking personal journal entries that together create a vivid depiction of the world of Sylvia’s farm.

Nearly a decade after the publication of her first book, Sylvia’s life has gotten no easier; too many tasks, with too little time, help, or money available. Yet each day continues to present the improbable shepherdess with new opportunities to appreciate the peace and unexpected joys that farm life brings.

Despite occasional challenges, Sylvia stays, as she has stayed for more than 20 years, on her farm in the Catskill Mountains; she stays, and she endures. The Improbable Shepherd contrasts the gentle beauty of a life surrounded by nature, raising her own animals from birth and living a life of devout independence, with the sometimes shocking difficulties of life on a farm.

Including personal recipes, photos, and illustrations, The Improbable Shepherd immerses the reader fully in Sylvia’s farm, echoing her own experiences living with the land. Appealing to those who loved Sylvia’s first book and want to return, as well as for all the newcomers who have yet to discover Sylvia’s powerful prose and earnest message, The Improbable Shepherd will inspire you to follow your dreams, whatever they may be.

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Sylvia Jorrin

Author, The Improbable Shepherd, Hatherleigh Press, Random House.
SYLVIA JORRIN has been a farmer in Delaware County, New York for 25 years. Hers is one of the few large livestock farms in the New York City Watershed owned and operated by a woman. For 20 years she has published stories about her life on the farm in the Delaware County Times, and... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bldg B 41.936052, -73.908475

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