Announcement Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to raise Heritage and Rare Breed Livestock. By purchasing these products, you allow us to follow our dreams of helping these beautiful creatures to recover in numbers, while providing a wonderful product for human consumption on our small, family farm here in Southwestern PA. We are the fifth and sixth generation raising sheep on this land and are truly grateful for your support! Ross Farm Fibers is open for business on Etsy!! WE ARE AN OFFICIAL SHAVE 'EM TO SAVE 'EM FIBER PROVIDER!! Time to feed your yarn need :)
Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to raise Heritage and Rare Breed Livestock. By purchasing these products, you allow us to follow our dreams of helping these beautiful creatures to recover in numbers, while providing a wonderful product for human consumption on our small, family farm here in Southwestern PA. We are the fifth and sixth generation raising sheep on this land and are truly grateful for your support! Ross Farm Fibers is open for business on Etsy!! WE ARE AN OFFICIAL SHAVE 'EM TO SAVE 'EM FIBER PROVIDER!! Time to feed your yarn need :)
musicbandy on Dec 19, 20195 out of 5 stars
Thank you! Happy with this yarn. Very much looking forward to working with it.
Kristi on Aug 22, 20195 out of 5 stars
I haven’t started playing with the roving yet, but it looks interesting. Five stars for the service and promptness of delivery.
Amanda on Aug 18, 20192 out of 5 stars
At this price point, I'm disappointed in the quality of the roving. There is so much VM it is going to cost me hours of work to re-comb this fiber so that I'm able to spin it which defeats the purpose of buying roving. I've already attempted to spin it fine in hopes some of it will fall out, but that hasn't been the case. I have only worked with uncoated sheep, so I do have some expectation management and don't expect 100% clean, but this has more junk than any other raw fleece or roving I've worked with.
Kathleen on Jul 25, 20195 out of 5 stars
Thanks for your fast, friendly service! Can't wait to get started on this SE2SE project!
All the best,
Bonnieknits on Jul 20, 20193 out of 5 stars
Nice fleece, but slow shipping.
deidram on Jun 24, 20195 out of 5 stars
Fast delivery, excellent packaging. Look forward to figuring out how best to use it!
Janice on Jun 21, 20195 out of 5 stars
Very quick shipment! Beautiful cream color in this roving.
lemuroverlord on Jun 15, 20195 out of 5 stars
The fiber is very soft. I haven't had a chance to spin it yet but I am very excited.
fadingaway017 on Jun 10, 20195 out of 5 stars
The wool I received is exactly as shown. There is some VM in the roving, but I feel that it adds character. It seems like it will be super easy to spin!
Kate on Jun 8, 20195 out of 5 stars
Can’t wait to spin it!
In 1910, Frank L. Ross Sr. had a dream. He wanted to build a 'model farm' in Washington County, PA and practice the latest methods of animal husbandry and farm design. He began with the Old Barn, which was constructed in 1911, because his new bride, Margaret L. Condit Ross insisted she have a proper house to live in while he pursued his dream. The red brick American Four Square with dormers and a slate roof and four grand white pillars came first! You see, Margaret had 'gone to housekeeping' in a neighbor's SPRINGHOUSE!
Frank and Margaret got busy and built a farm and a life with their five children, Frank Leslie Jr. (Hunny's father), Laura Jean, Romaine, Haven, and Wallace Shannon aka "Uncle Tom". A bungalow was built on the property in 1917 for Margaret's parents Daniel Webster and Emma Virginia (Vankirk) Condit. Daniel was a veteran of the Ringgold Cavalry of local Civil War fame having enlisted with his four brothers when the war broke out.
Over the years, the children married and moved on to their own farms with the exception of Haven (who had been left crippled and brain-damaged after a childhood injury) and Tom who remained to care for his parents. After Frank Jr. (aka "Les") married Doris Marshall (Hunny's mother), the 'little house" was built in the backyard for the honeymooners. This is where Hunny was born.
Frank Sr. and then Tom set about bringing the finest livestock to Washington County, having regular shipments of cattle from out west and Angus from the Eisenhower (yes, PRESIDENT Eisenhower!) farm delivered. They farmed with McCormick Farmalls (which are still in use) and Uncle drove a fancy team of horses. They raised pigs, cattle, chickens, turkey, ducks and sheep.
While we have cut way back on the production scale they maintained, we still manage to produce some sheep, chickens, guineas, cattle, miniature donkeys and Haflinger horses. We concentrate on "Heritage Breeds" rather than the commercial stock most farms now produce. We find that the old breeds are more attractive and disease resistant than those that have been engineered to be bigger, stronger and "better". If you stop by the photo gallery, you'll see what I mean.
Well, that's the farm history in a a nutshell. We are on the National Registry of Historic Places through the United States Department of the Interior as the "Frank L. Ross Model Farm" and have been recognized by the local History and Landmarks organization as a fine example of local agricultural architecture. Our place was featured in the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh's architectural exhibit "Barns" a few years ago.
We are pleased to think that Frank Sr.'s dream has become nationally recognized as an exemplary representation of agricultural design! I'm sure he's smiling in heaven at the attention to detail we've taken in maintaining his legacy.
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