One23Farm

Things farm life inspired...

Sandstone, Minnesota | 96 Sales

One23Farm

Things farm life inspired...

Sandstone, Minnesota 96 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   WHOLESALE is available on select soaps at 50% of my retail price for a minimum order of $100. Contact me here on Etsy for more information.

We are a small farm in east central Minnesota offering seasonal organic produce, ethically raised lamb & pork, handmade soaps, hand shorn raw wool, naturally tanned sheepskins, and more. We took a break from Etsy from 2013-2017 to move to Minnesota from Pennsylvania and get our farm settled, but we are back and happy to be here! To learn more about our farm, please visit our website at www.one23farm.com

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Last updated on Jul 8, 2018

WHOLESALE is available on select soaps at 50% of my retail price for a minimum order of $100. Contact me here on Etsy for more information.

We are a small farm in east central Minnesota offering seasonal organic produce, ethically raised lamb & pork, handmade soaps, hand shorn raw wool, naturally tanned sheepskins, and more. We took a break from Etsy from 2013-2017 to move to Minnesota from Pennsylvania and get our farm settled, but we are back and happy to be here! To learn more about our farm, please visit our website at www.one23farm.com

Rachel Koski Nielsen

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Rachel Koski Nielsen

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My hand-tanned sheepskins are now available! Two new listings in the shop.
Raw wool from one of my ewes, now available!! Spring is in the air :)
Getting a "pick three" variety box ready for shipping!!

About

Farmin' for real

HEY THERE! I'm Farmer Rachel (from hubpages), I own a small farm in Minnesota called One23 Farm where I raise sheep and meat rabbits and tend an organic market garden, and I've been making soap out of pig fat for ages.

**SOAPS**
Almost all of the soap you'll find in this shop will be made from lard and/or tallow, lye, and water; and contain exactly 0% artificial ingredients. If I use a fragrance oil, it will be clearly marked in the description and labeled accordingly.

I source the fats for my soaps from my USDA licensed meat processor. The lard and tallow come from Minnesota pigs and cattle raised locally to me; the fat is unwanted so I get to have it for soap-making!

Animal fats make the best soap - and that's just fact - due to the high ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat. Saturated fat = more glycerin, which is what makes soap good for your skin. Natural, simple ingredients are important to me, and where possible I'll source the herbs for my soap from my very own gardens. I feel better about the sustainability of using these fats in soap making, rather than oils that have shipped thousands of miles using gallons of nonrenewable fossil fuels to reach me - I hope you can feel better about that, too.

**SHEEPSKINS**
My sheepskins are sourced either from my own flock of hair, wool, and hair/wool crossed sheep and lambs, or are the unwanted skins from Minnesota grown sheep and lambs processed humanely at my USDA licensed meat processor. This is the processor I use for the animals I raise and where I get the leaf fat for my soaps; they save unwanted skins for me to tan, which would otherwise have been thrown away.

I take a lot of pride in the tanning process I use. I've spent a lot of time researching, trying different things, and ultimately developing this method as a sort of amalgamation of creating buckskin and doing traditional furs. I have literal hours of time into each individual pelt. I really love taking these otherwise unwanted byproducts of the meat industry and saving them - turning them into beautiful, useful items that also honor the lives of the sheep they came from. To my knowledge, my tanning process is unique. I believe you'll love my hides, and be really happy with your purchase!

**WOOL**
I hand shear my woolly sheep in the spring, usually right before or after lambing. We keep the process low stress for them. The wool department on my farm includes a few Romneys, a Romney/Suffolk cross, and 2 Jacob ewes. All wool will be sold raw, unwashed with minimal skirting unless otherwise noted!

In future, you can expect more treasures from around our farm to appear in the shop here - including dried herbs and flowers, seed, and anything else I can squirrel away from our table at the farmers' markets in Pine County, MN, and figure out how to ship through the good ol' USPS.

Watch This Space for p o t e n t i a l rabbit furs from my little colony of meat rabbits to be on sale in the future.

Happy shopping :)

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