WILD 'N' WOOLLY FARM Coopworth Sheep 'n' Highland Cattle

Wool from Our Sheep to Ewe

Hope'n'Bev Yankey
 

We are devoted to being Stewarts of the Land; Sister and Brother to All Creatures with whom we share this farm.  We Love What We Do……the Ups and Downs of this Journey have been the Source of our Strengths, the Light of "Another NOW" that we Share with All Our Relations!  Aho!      



HOPE CHECKING OVER HER COLOR FORMULAS ON ONE OF MANY DYEING DAYS AT THE FARM!


I was trained as a "Color Chemist". I worked in the dye and pigment industry and traveled throughout the eastern US in the late 1970's and early 1980's .  I had wanted to raise sheep, grow wool, "live off the land"--on a working, sustainable, "out-of-the-box", smaller farm. I was a make-it-happen farmer-wannabe then. And, when I first saw THIS farm September 21, 1981, I knew immediately the TARDIS had LANDED!  It was not about the house or the location, but that THE FARM was isolated, off the beaten track, had had decent sheep pasture and some fencing, and most importantly, 'exceptional' ground and well-water resources.  I purchased 30 acres and retained a first option on the remaining 200 acres of the farm in December of that year..  Two years later I quit my industry job.  


Now, 36 years later, I am doing what I love, loving what I do....I am that 'make-it-happen-farmer-wannabe' turned farmer.  I love DYEING WOOL--color and color matching are my passion*, but more than that, I love the animals that share my life and space and the farmer-man that helps me do that. 

  




*Someone recently asked how this all started and I told them my parents had gotten me as a BABY a bedtime night light that was a LAMB made of Plaster of Paris and a crib-side table lamp that had PRISMS hanging from it.  Lambs and Rainbows surrounded me and still do!!                                         

BEV PLOWING SNOW WITH HIS JD FRONT-END BLADE IN JANUARY 2016


The man that shares this life and this farm with me is Bev Yankey. I met him in early spring 1982 at a local square dance.  We were married in November of 1984 much to the surprise of everyone that knew me then.  He worked 'off-the-farm' as a machinist permitting me to exercise my dream of raising sheep and dyeing wool 'backyard' style.  We were fortunate to have been able to purchase the remaining 170+ acres of the farm in 1994 and prevent its being developed into residential lots.  Bev retired from his job three years ago.  The front--end blade for the JD tractor was my retirement gift to him!  His retiring was a true gift to me!! I am able now to do all of those things that were often pushed to the 'back-burner'...editing this website, for one.   It has been a blessing to have known and shared this journey of 35+ years with this man.  


He, too is doing what he loves--muddling through chores, working on farm projects, and taking care of me and the dogs!