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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 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cheese Making Before Your Eyes - Brent Zimmerman, Lime Kiln Farm, ABCheese (Italy) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Brent will demonstrate the process of making a whole milk ricotta cheese. It's too hard to source sheep's milk, believe it or not, so he'll use a cow's milk for the demo. But you'll be able to sample 3 different sheep's milk cheeses of different ages to taste the difference, thanks to Dancing Ewe Farm. He'll also explain the process of making a pecorino romano (sheep's milk) and how to use the left over whey to make a fresh Italian style ricotta (no acid added).


Brent Zimmerman

Lime Kiln Farm
Brent Zimmerman , a life long farmer, has been raising sheep and goats and making cheese in the mountains of Tuscany Italy for the past 25 years.  Recently transferred to the Hudson valley where he is starting his next farming adventure www.limekilnfarm.com, he will be making goat and cow cheeses.  He is the author of the book Author "Get Your Goat" (2011) and travels frequently back to his farm in Italy.

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bldg E 41.936065, -73.907703

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