These are purebred, registered Angoras, and the does will be bred in October, 2020 for March, 2021 kids.
Purebred Lamancha and crossbred Lamancha/Alpine kids will be available March, 2021
Purebred and registered flock of Katahdin ewes will lamb in March, 2021.
We have 9 working guardians protecting the livestock.
Often weary, but doing what they love!
I learned to spin 4 years ago and have become passionate about fiber ever since! I have found it extremely satisfying to be able to raise my own animals, shear them, and then have beautiful roving to spin.
I started with a small flock of Shetland sheep, but the luster and softness of mohair soon guided me to the Angora goat. I am very grateful to Mary Anne Holmes of H and K Farms in Pleasureville, KY, in providing me with 3 lovely colored does and 2 bucks as my foundation stock.
The goats have access to pasture year-round, and are fed a diet of 16% goat grain and non-GMO corn, and top dressed with kelp. They are vaccinated yearly for CD&T, given copper, and are wormed only when necessary. Any lice problems are treated with a dusting of sulfur powder and diatomaceous earth.
We shear them twice and year, and I periodically have raw fiber and mohair roving for sale.
Kids will be available in March, 2022.
I fell in love with all things dairy while working at Haystack Mountain Creamery. Learning about the world of goat cheese, and the glorious little animals that produce the milk, stayed with me so much that after buying our farm, goats were the first animals that called Crown-Mark Farm home. We started with Nigerians, who produce the most luxurious milk, but once I started making soap, I needed more milk. I decided on the Alpine, known for their quantity of milk, and soon added 3 American Alpine does. True to their nature, the girls produced plenty of milk, but I noticed there wasn't as much butterfat as the Nigerians. So, after more research, I added 2 Lamancha does and a buck, looking for milk with higher butterfat. They too proved true to their breed, having so much fat in their milk I had trouble straining it! Now, I am excited to cross the two, hoping for the best of both breeds, quantity and butterfat.
With the blessing of so much milk, I have made yogurt, chevre, feta, brie, camembert, and this year I made a manchego that is aging in my wine cooler turned aging cave!
These generous ladies also supply the ONLY milk that goes into Crown-Mark Farm's handmade goat milk soap. I hand milk these does, and the raw milk then is used in my soaps. They have access to pasture year round and the hay they are fed is cut from my fields or neighboring fields, so the 'terrior'of Glen's Fork is in every bar!
Every Spring, there will be purebred Lamancha kids and crossbred Lamancha/Alpine kids available.
We keep a small flock of registered, purebred Katahdin sheep that provide us with rotational grazing of our land and a supply of savory meat in our freezer.
We have a ram from Stablerock Katahdins and a son of EHJ Velocity as our foundation sires. Though a small flock, we selectively breed for easy maintenance.
Every spring, we will have lambs for sale. We do not push our lambs, allowing rams to nurse until they are 4 months old, and ewes to be weaned naturally. We do supplement our sheep with a minimum amount of pellets and non-GMO corn. They graze fields not treated with herbicides or fertilizers, and are only wormed if necessary.
Amazing dogs who perform an invaluable service! We have bred a fine workforce of Great Pyrenees/Akbash/Anatolian Shepherd dogs that protect both the four-legged and two-legged residents of Crown-Mark Farm!
ALL- AROUND ANIMAL HANDLER: WENDY FREUND. I can't remember a time when I didn't love animals. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, I mostly kept pocket pets, bringing home my first rescue dog when I was 16. I began taking English riding lessons 'in the country' when I was 8, and have been riding ever since. When I was 16, I began my professional animal handling career, working after school for a veterinarian. I went off to Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA and received a BS in the Physical and Life Sciences. I interned at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, in the Aviculture department. Throughout my career, I have been a Wildlife Biology Technician for the Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Division, a Hoofstock Keeper for the Baltimore Zoo, an Animal Control Officer for Howard County, Maryland, the Supervisor of Sea Lions and Koalas at the Houston Zoological Gardens , the Behavior Specialist for the Houston SPCA, where I guest-appeared on the first season of Animal Planet's 'Animal Cops Houston', a Riding Instructor for Sienna Stables in Sugarland Texas, and lastly, a Cheesemaker and Affineur for Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy in Longmont, Colorado. Along the way, I developed and taught Dog Obedience classes and became a certified Horse Cruelty Investigator, and learned to scuba dive, traveling to the island of Bonaire twice. Now I am the owner and President of a retail construction company, Crown-Mark Diversified, Inc., which allows me, along with my husband, Anthony, to live this city girl's dream of having a sustainable farm, with lots of four-legged companions!
THE BEEMAN : ANTHONY MARKLEY. Growing up only a half mile away from Wendy in Baltimore, I spent my younger years helping my Dad at his family's marina, mostly rebuilding wooden boats. I developed a passion for woodworking, which led to a 30 year career in retail construction, centered in Tampa, Florida. Having grown-up on the water, and lived in Florida, I was drawn to creatures with fins. I learned to scuba dive, and have logged thousands of hours of dive time over the past 20 years. I taught Wendy to dive, and earned my Rescue Diver title while on the island of Bonaire. I am the Field Supervisor for Crown-Mark, and when I am not traveling, I am tending to my 50 beehives, or working in my shop, turning bowls or making furniture from reclaimed downed trees. You can see my work on our Etsy store: CrownMarkFarm.