Wensleydale sheep angora goats
Jim and Linda Smith
9397 CR 502 Bayfield, Colorado 81122
Our booth with ranch products at the Intermountain weaver's conference, July 2015
DeGoatsnsheep Ranch is an organic-oriented, working ranch located near Durango, Colorado. We are committed to sustainable living with our gardens, greenhouses, animals, and home, in coordination with the natural environment.
Come stay with us. Learn handspinning, knitting, or various aspects of fiber processing. Or just relax and enjoy the peace and beauty of our ranch. Learn about the maintenance and production of animals, fiber, and food.
Sadly we are still without sheep, but it would have been very difficult to maintain them this winter. Our snowpack has been between 4 and 5 feet deep since December 2018. Keeping plowed out has been a challenge.
The 26 ft. growing dome we put in last fall is thriving. We have had fresh carrots, kale, chard, lettuce, and herbs all winter long. While the snow is deep outside, it is wonderfully warm in the dome and so comforting to be in a space that smells of fresh earth and plants.
Linda is taking a Master Gardening Class this Spring; learning so much more about all gardening aspects. Jim contemplates converting part of the barn into more storage for tools and a worm farm, as well as renovating our old original/traditional greenhouse.
If you would like to stay in our guesthouse this year, please find us on vrbo, property listing #594414. We are happy to give our guests tours of the ranch, and share lots of gardening information. Linda still works with wool, spinning, knitting, felting, and gives fiber arts classes upon request.
Jonah and Jim designed and built the chicken tractor. It travels around the pasture and keeps the chickens safe from predators.
The cattle panel greenhouse is our third greenhouse. Build in Spring 2015, it worked well to house our many hot pepper plants.
Watercolor felt by Linda. Watercolor felting is a way to create a picture by making a wool prefelt and attaching blended colored fibers to the surface to create an image.