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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,

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