Type: Fiber & Craft
Years in operation: 5
Annual revenue: 10k-50k
(Average over last three years)
Windhaven Farm is the dream home of a single mom and her two wonderful daughters. We have a small herd of Shetland sheep and Angora Goats that we raise for fiber as well as a breeding trio of registered and pedigreed American Guinea Hogs, an endangered heritage pig. We have a large flock of heritage chickens. We also are craftspeople and make fiber tools and hand looms for weavers, spinners and fiber artists. We believe in preserving the history of fiber arts through our flock, our own weaving and spinning on antique looms as well as crafting heirloom tools and looms for new artists!
Inside the Farm
How is your approach to farming different than other farms in the same category?
We strive to do most of our own work, to be self sustaining and to work with history in mind. We love to teach and share our knowledge through our company and through our blog and website. We offer individual lessons as well as always welcome visitors to tour and learn how to apply our experience to their own operations.
How does your different approach contribute to a long-term profitable growth strategy for your farm and other small farms like yours?
We have found that many fiber artists need specific handcrafted tools that are expensive and difficult to find. By recreating these old tools, we bring history back to the hands of new artisans. Our sales have grown greatly over the last few years and we would love to be able to create more and more looms and tools as well as restore historical antiques. Our sheep fleeces are beautiful and well received by many artisans and we know that as we continue to provide lovely products and fleeces to our growing group of clients, we will continue to grow and flourish.
How would you specifically use a Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift?
Currently, my youngest daughter is our master woodworker and fiber tool craftsgal. She has an old garage on our farm that she renovated all by herself to create a workshop there. It still needs a good deal of work to really be viable and functional. And she needs some updated tools. We also need to strengthen some of our fencing and farm infrastructure for the sheep and goats.
Please share why you are so passionate about your farm and/or farming in general.
We started this little homestead farm mainly because we wanted our daughters to have a life long stable home. Our youngest daughter, Maggie, is an autistic young adult, and very talented in her woodcrafting and antique loom and spinning wheel repair. Yet, finding a place in the world is very hard for her. She is wonderful with animals and is in her element with them. She actually won the US Humane Society's Kid of the Year award in 2002 for her work establishing a hamster and small pocket pet rescue! Being able to combine her love of animals, her need for a stable home place and now, room to grow her woodworking and fiber craft business is just so important. We started this homestead on a shoestring, purchasing it as a foreclosure with only $12,000 cash. We have done everything from well repair to fencing, to clearing the land with our own hands and the help of wonderful friends and family. It's all ours and can only continue to grow and flourish. We love this place and it is our forever home. Your vote will help us to keep going on this journey!
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