FeindtFamilyFarm

Michigan grown Border Leicester wool

Fenton, Michigan

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Announcement    *** Post-holiday Shipping Delays ***

All carriers are still reporting delays. Please be aware that expected arrival dates are ESTIMATED and we are still seeing slower shipping times. Thankfully these are becoming progressively shorter.

We are incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received from the Etsy community during this very (and we mean *VERY!*) challenging year. We appreciate your understanding while shipments are taking longer than expected to arrive.

**Covid-19 Update**

We are still open online and currently shipping orders. You can feel confident that we are taking every precaution to ensure everyone stays healthy while avoiding the spread of Covid-19.

We understand everyone’s situation is different and recommend taking whatever precautions you feel comfortable with when your order arrives.

Contactless pick-up is still available at the Wool Box. Please message us before checkout to make arrangements.

** Shop Support Pick***
March ‘21 - The Rare Breed Survival Trust

English Longwool populations have been declining across the globe for many years. 2021 will be the year many of these breeds decline to critically threatened status. All British longwools have populations of less than 2000 remaining native animals; the majority are less than 800. Known global breeding populations for all breeds are under 10,000 animals.

Check out the Love a Longwool Campaign and learn more here->>>

https://www.rbst.org.uk/appeal/love-a-longwool

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Last updated on Mar 16, 2021

*** Post-holiday Shipping Delays ***

All carriers are still reporting delays. Please be aware that expected arrival dates are ESTIMATED and we are still seeing slower shipping times. Thankfully these are becoming progressively shorter.

We are incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received from the Etsy community during this very (and we mean *VERY!*) challenging year. We appreciate your understanding while shipments are taking longer than expected to arrive.

**Covid-19 Update**

We are still open online and currently shipping orders. You can feel confident that we are taking every precaution to ensure everyone stays healthy while avoiding the spread of Covid-19.

We understand everyone’s situation is different and recommend taking whatever precautions you feel comfortable with when your order arrives.

Contactless pick-up is still available at the Wool Box. Please message us before checkout to make arrangements.

** Shop Support Pick***
March ‘21 - The Rare Breed Survival Trust

English Longwool populations have been declining across the globe for many years. 2021 will be the year many of these breeds decline to critically threatened status. All British longwools have populations of less than 2000 remaining native animals; the majority are less than 800. Known global breeding populations for all breeds are under 10,000 animals.

Check out the Love a Longwool Campaign and learn more here->>>

https://www.rbst.org.uk/appeal/love-a-longwool

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About FeindtFamilyFarm

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On Etsy since 2019

Ethical Wool and Preserving Genetic Diversity

Hello everyone! We are Feindt Family Farm.

Our small family farm is just south of Fenton, Michigan. Our mission is to promote traditional small-scale farming methods, preserve genetic diversity in the plants and animals we work with, while developing ecologically responsible agricultural practices for small farms.

One of our primary goals is to foster transparency in agricultural systems for both producers and customers. We believe customers should be free to know what their purchase is supporting and how those practices contribute to a quality product. We want to challenge our own work and make room for customers to ask questions about why we do things the way we do.

We (well, mostly Jessica) maintain a small purebred flock of Border Leicester sheep. We are the largest BL flock in Michigan but rarely have over 30 registered sheep on the ground. We primarily grow produce and herbs, but sheep offered an ecologically responsible solution for managing several invasive weeds that like to take over around here.

I am a life-long fiber artist as well as a former psychologist and health & behavioral researcher. I have always been concerned with animal ethics and spent many years studying how animals communicate emotions through behavior. You could say that makes me a little picky about where my yarn comes from.

When I was struggling to find ethically produced yarn, I wanted to ask producers questions and learn why they used certain practices. I always tried educate myself as much as possible; even when I thought I knew how I felt about something.

So often customers hear misinformation about practices they see and producers become too defensive to answer questions or hear feedback. We want to stop that cycle. Ultimately, adopting our own sheep was the best fit for us. Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what works for our sheep, on our farm, and in our situation. Every flock is different, but we strive to promote health, transparency, and ethical system management (not just handling!) as much as possible.

When Jacob added bees to the mix in 2014, we found ourselves in the same situation. Back then we were growing herbs and nursery stock for local community markets. A series of bad Michigan winters had ravaged our lavender fields and our pollination rates were hit hard! We desperately needed a permaculture system, but we struggled to find the reasons behind the rules and a mentor that prioritized hive health and overwintering-over-profit.

The number one priority here is to maintain health and longevity. Before the humans get any honey, the bees in that hive and any other hive that may be struggling, get fed first! Although we do provide supplementary feed during difficult times, rest assured our bees are fed completely organically and housed in the highest quality, untreated materials we can find. We have continued to add swarms each year and have successfully overwintered colonies for the past five years.

If you have any questions or concerns about where our products come from, we want you to ask. We love to hear what people are concerned about and how they want to improve the quality of life for the sheep growing their sweaters.

Thank you for checking out our shop! Let us know if we can help in any way.

Shop members

  • Jacob

    Owner & Fencing Specialist

  • Jessica

    Owner & Official Treat Feeder

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