every little detail and technique. “The best part was definitely lambing season”, she tells us. “Watching new lambs being born is the most magical thing I have ever experienced.”
SHEAR GENIUS Susan continued to add to her flock, but the proceeds from selling the yarn from her sheep weren't covering the cost of hay, food and medicine. Then, in 2007, Susan came up with a way to make ends meet, when Juniper Moon became the first farm to apply the community-supported agriculture (CSA) alternative financing model to yarn and spinning fibres. The scheme allows people to invest in the farm’s yarn harvest and receive a cut of the clip (annual shearing) in return, either Clockwise from top left: The finished product – Juniper Moon Farm's yearling
yarn; elbow-length lace gloves; a few of Juniper Moon Farm's
happy residents; Merrimack cardigan;
Amaranthus skirt; Cody hat and cowl; Susan out and about
on the farm
asa finished yarn or as a less-processed form of wool for spinning themselves. People Susan had never met even helped name her sheep and goats! The move led to a front page article about Juniper Moon Farm in The Wall Street Journal, and soon after Juniper Moon Yarns started to become available in stores around the US – happily, it flew off the shelves.
BLEATING THE COMPETITION A few years ago, though, Susan became ill, and was no longer able to take care of the sheep herself or work the 18 hour days she had been used to so she handed the running of the farm over to her friend Amy and began to focus on Juniper Moon Farm Yarns instead. The farm itself produced some of the best farm yarns in the US,