Here in northeastern California, we have been raising small numbers of sheep since 1991. Icelandic and Finnish Landrace sheep play an integral role in our small farm ecosystem, which supports our independent lifestyle with a nod toward self-sufficiency. We strive to produce as much of our own food as possible, with a focus on organic practices managing our vegetable gardens, chickens, sheep, and other farm animals. Wool is used for hats, scarves, mittens, vests and other clothing, saddle blankets, rugs, and garden mulch. Sheep and wool products in excess of our needs are offered for sale, which includes: purebred breeding stock, raw handspinning fleeces, roving, millspun yarns, and sheepskins.
As career biologists experienced in managing aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, we take the same approach on the small plot of land we call Sunnyside Farm. Located at the interface of the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin, we are blessed not only with dramatic mountain views, but with aquatic, riparian, meadow, and high desert habitats—which are maintained or improved while incorporating our farm activities.