At Flora & Fauna farm, we are obsessed with wool ; it is a truly magical natural material! Wool is durable, skin-soothing, anti-microbial, insulating, fire-resistant, toxin-absorbing, renewable, biodegradable, and carbon-sequestering. We face so many environmental challenges nowadays, and maybe we’re biased, but we truly believe that wool is the way!
We keep a flock of registered Romney sheep in Central New York. We farm remotely, meaning we don't live in the place where we keep our sheep -we commute! Due to farmland prices rising and cash buyers multiplying, we needed to get creative while waiting for the stars to align for our forever farm so we decided to lease land and start building our farm and business now. We hope to find the right place in the next few years, but in the meantime we are growing our flock & perfecting off-grid farming.
Our flock has tripled in size since 2020, and we have some beautiful registered Romneys available. The aim of our breeding program is to produce lambs with good conformation and exceptional fleece. We prioritize organic practices, but also use conventional methods of sheep keeping as necessary in order to ensure our sheep are as healthy & happy as possible.
We began this adventure with our first few sheep in 2017, and since then our passion for sheep, wool, and local food & fiber has only grown. Follow our journey on Instagram @florafaunafarm.
I’m Ash, the owner and operator of Flora & Fauna Farm. I bought my first few sheep in 2017, and immediately fell in love with them. Shepherding was a natural extension of my interests in animals, ecology, and textiles. When I'm not working with wool or trimming hooves, I like to read, get lost in the woods, garden, and hang out with my cat, Timber.
I'm Matt, Ash's partner and Flora & Fauna Farm's pasture management specialist. By day I am an Electrical Power Systems Engineer but I aspire to eventually leave the rat race and become a full-time grass farmer. My other interests currently include fly fishing small creeks, spending time with my Border Collie, Cedar, and learning to spin.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people that have helped us get this far. Not everyone we’ve met in the farming world have been friendly to newbies, but these people have taken the time to give us advice, teach us, and endure our many exhaustive, sometimes repeated, (and occasionally weird) questions. Your guidance and mentorship has been invaluable to us and we will never forget it. All of our love and gratitude to Ron, Sunny & Tom, Graeme, Peter & Danette, Aaron, and ibuprofen.