Friday, February 8, 2013

It's a girl!

I have an exciting announcement. There's a new member in my family.

Well...sort of. I've sponsored a sheep named Coco for the year. I'm pretty happy about this. In another life I'd have a flock of sheep. But for various reasons, I don't, and so I need to find another way to get my shepherdess fix.

I found a farm in the US that lets you sponsor a sheep for the year. Solace Farm in Washington has registered Finn sheep, Boar Goats and Border Leicester sheep. I chose them because I saw a cute sheep named Coco on their site and the Finn sheep represent my Finnish heritage. According to them, she is a RUSKEA color, which in Finnish RUSKEA is pronounced roosk-e-a (the a is a short vowel sound.

Coco from Solace Farm
I really like the idea of sponsoring a sheep for a year. I give the farm money that contributes to my sponsored sheep's upkeep, and I get to follow her year with pictures and letters, and of course, the fleece from her Spring shearing.

For me, this sponsorship represents a contribution toward the farmers who make sure that we have a wide variety of breeds to choose from. It allows them to focus on caring for their animals while sharing some of the joy and excitement of following a specific sheep over the course of the year.

If you would like to sponsor your own sheep, you can contact Sandra and Robert from their website here (contact us is on the right hand side!). They are really friendly and will answer any questions you may have!


  1. What a great idea! I'm going to have to think about whether we could offer a similar arrangement ... maybe with this year's lambs. They won't be arriving until May but I dream about them every day and night!

  2. Oh that would be wonderful! I would be so happy to help promote this idea. I think there are many people like me out there who would love to have sheep, but just can't. So, supporting you is the second best approach. Let me know how I can help (And perhaps I can sponsor one of yours as well!)