DeGoatsnSheep Ranch began 42 years ago with the purchase of 16 acres of ponderosa pine and scrub oak hills and dryland pasture. One hillside of sandstone was blasted and we picked rock through a blazing hot summer to create a flat site on which to build a house. That was followed by a summer of sifting dirt through screens and mixing the soil with water and cement, then pressing it into a CINVA ram to create sturdy blocks. We designed our home as a giant octagon with a two-story square in the center. It has a passive solar collector/greenhouse facing south, providing warmth in winter. Our home is bermed into the hillside on the north which evens out the indoor temperature year round.
Over the years we have had a chance to experiment with various breeds of sheep, goats, rabbits, and other barnyard beasts. Our choice of Wensleydale sheep and angora goats was the result of desiring to breed animals for luxurious handspinning. While we no longer have the sheep, we still have an abundance of beautiful soft roving and yarn. In addition, we have four different types of greenhouses, a large garden, small orchard, woodshop, and fiber/art studio. In 2009 a guest house was added. We also added a solar grid. New for 2019 are a xeriscape in place of grass using native and dye plants, an updated traditional style greenhouse and a 26 foot growing dome.
We are located 18 miles northeast of Durango and 20 minutes from Durango airport, at an elevation of 7800 feet. Vallecito Lake, Mesa Verde, and Durango Mountain Ski Resort surround us and make great day trips. There are many hiking and biking trails nearby. Come stay with us for a few days or a week. Relax and enjoy the peace and beauty of our ranch. See sustainable gardening and agriculture first hand. Visit Linda's art and fiber studio. We would enjoy sharing what we have learned over the years with you, and offer fiber, and dyes for sale.
Wensleydale Sheep Angora goats
Jim and Linda Smith
9397 CR 502 Bayfield, Colorado 81122
solar array, barn, and sheep