Short and Sweet Sheep Farm is a small "hobby" farm on 2 1/2 acres located in
South Windsor, Connecticut (northeast of Hartford).
Gussie and Jake began raising chickens and rabbits for 4- H.
One thing led to another and Gussie was introduced to sheep by a former 4-H leader. We started with two black lambs, a ewe and a wether. Being impatient for the ewe to mature for breeding we looked into purchasing a mature breeding pair. Our internet search, timing and luck brought us to Dee & Don Lott in Missouri who were looking for a new home for their flock of nine Babydoll Southdowns. We purchased/adopted their 5 ewes and 4 rams and quickly became shepherds!!
Fast forward....No more rabbits but occassionally a few chickens for eggs. Jake is no longer involved with the animals, Gussie is now married and going back to school for her teaching degree. Gussie and I continue to breed the sheep and are now working toward marketing yarns and roving from our sheep. Gussie is pushing to get our yarn business established. We both spin and dye and enjoy being able to share our handspun yarns. The goal is to get a steady business going on Etsy.com as well as selling at several New England Sheep and Fiber Shows.
A big old Newfoundland, Odin, a calico/tiger cat named Chloe and our latest addition, Sophie, an English Shepherd puppy who has already figured out how to herd the sheep.
Contact us at:
Gussie & Liz Swanson
389 Griffin Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
Varina, Polly, Molly, Daisy & Bonnie....the girls we adopted from the Lotts.
The red on their heads was just marking from when they were transported.