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May Birthday Giveaway: a CSA share from Juniper Moon Farm

Juniper Moon Fiber Farm

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m thrilled to say that Juniper Moon Farm has offered a Yarn CSA for one lucky reader, the 2012 Spring Shearing worth $175 (that’s some serious yarn). The Yarn CSA works like a farm CSA but instead you get a yield of the scrumptious yarn that is produced from the sheep and goats they lovingly raise. Juniper Moon Farm is amazing run by a small group of people who are dedicated to what they do and are fantastic about sharing what is going on with share holders, visitors, and readers of their blog. The farm was started by Susan, whom I’ve followed since she started (back then it was the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm, which you might remember if you’ve been reading my site long enough) and I’m astounded and so pleased to watch how it’s grown. If you’re not already I encourage you to read the blog, follow along as lambs are born in the spring on the LambCams, see what the farm dogs are up to, you can attend shearing day and even stay at the farm for a week or long weekend. It’s really amazing to watch the farm work all year and then find yarn at your door that reflects all of the care and attention that they put into it. I just want to hug the whole farm. The blog isn’t just about the farm, I’ve loved all the Probably Something You Would Like links posts, her recent pictures from Preakness, her famous world’s greatest granola recipe and how she went paper towel free on the whole farm (it involves making a lot of your own cloth napkins, enough so you always have plenty of clean ones).

Would you like to win this amazing Yarn CSA? If so please leave a comment with this entry and let me know the following: Have you ever spent time on a farm? I spent a few summers on my uncle’s farm in Oklahoma, he had cattle, two greyhounds, a small lake with a rope swing, a tiny farmhouse and bales of hay that seemed to be piled taller than the house itself. I loved it there. Ok, you’ve got until Tuesday, May 24th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies, good luck! Closed, thanks so much for entering!

· comments [631] · 05-23-2011 · categories:craft ·

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  • 1 Annina // May 23, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Oh my goodness, this yarn CSA sounds fabulous! My grat uncle had a farm, which i visited as a 6 year ld; i remember being a bit terrified of the horses, but totally in love with the chickens sheep and cows and the WAY TOO CUTE litter of barn kittens that had been born a few weeks before… it kind of made me want to have a menagerie of awesome animals of my own someday!!

  • 2 helena // May 23, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I grew up on about an acre, and we didn’t have a farm but we certainly had a menagerie – chickens, dogs, cats, a horse, and a pig! And I’ve visited alpaca farms (such sweet creatures!). One day, I’ll own a cashmere goat and I will spin its fur into yarn. I can’t wait.

  • 3 Alexis // May 23, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I love Juniper Moon Farm and the idea of a yarn CSA I think is just genius! I’ve spent times on so many farms, both here and overseas and it’s one of my favorite places to be. Quiet (sort of) and peaceful (most of the time) but with tons of work to keep you busy… that’s my kind of dream job.

  • 4 Amanda // May 23, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Amazing! What a super exciting giveaway!

    I didn’t grow up on a farm, but my grandfather did, and my grandparents continued to keep a huge garden while I was growing up. I didn’t learn much about livestock tending at their house, but lots about starting seedlings, identifying and eradicating potato beetles, and the wonders of a well-kept compost pile.

  • 5 Ingrid // May 23, 2011 at 3:23 am

    We’ve been exploring the surprising number of city farms near us this year. It’s interesting to see the possibilities that city farms have, especially in terms of species diversity, and the innovative use of small spaces. The honey from city farms is allegedly all the tastier for the variety of flowers that grow in the vicinity.
    This sounds like a great CSA!

  • 6 Sarah Jane // May 23, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I grew up on a farm and miss it every day!

  • 7 cb // May 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I have never spent much time on a farm, but long to someday. I did spend summers helping my grandfather with his acre vegetable garden. Loved it!

  • 8 heatherfeather // May 23, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I have spent so little time on farms, and that makes me so sad. I’d love to have a little farm some day though!

  • 9 Sue Pea // May 23, 2011 at 3:43 am

    My first farm experience was when I was about 8 and my parents took me to stay on a working farm during a summer vacation. I don’t remember much except following the farm boys around the barn, sucking on pieces of salt block (yuck!) and playing with barn kittens.

    Now, although we live just an hour and a half from Manhattan, farms are a big part of our family life. We have several neighbors with working farms and spend much of our time visiting and helping out. My small garden is a result of guidance from our favorite farmer. We visit his farm for eggs, milk and produce almost daily in the spring, summer and well into the fall.

    I am a city girl at heart and have dreams of moving back to NYC someday, but there will always be a bit of dirt under my fingernails.

    Lovely giveaway!

  • 10 Lacey // May 23, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Never spent time on a farm – but this definitely makes me want to visit!

  • 11 Holly // May 23, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Juniper Moon Farm is amazing! When I was little my grandparents still had a working farm – cattle & tobacco. By the time I was a teenager they retired and only had a vegetable garden. Boiled peanuts & watermelon for supper. Good times!

  • 12 Melissa // May 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm … but my dream is to retire someday to a farm in New England!

  • 13 coryy // May 23, 2011 at 3:50 am

    sigh….I have been following Juniper Moon Farm since the first time you mentioned her….and mooning over the angora goats every year! I am sitting in my 1847 farmhouse as we speak, getting ready to move away from “all that”–a injury two years ago force me to admit I couldn’t keep up any longer. I watch her animals and farm thrive and it makes me happy –I miss my goats and chickens and will miss this old farmhouse. However, mucking out stalls in August? That I won’t miss quite so much!

  • 14 Christa // May 23, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I dream of having my own farm one day, or at least enough land to grow yummy food to eat and pretty flowers to frolic in. My great grandparents had a true working farm in Kansas that we used to go visit when I was little. It planted a seed in my brain and I have loved open spaces (and prairie dogs) ever since.

  • 15 Jessica // May 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I have spent time on a farm, but not as much as I’d like. I’d love to LIVE on a farm, but rural living is definitely not my spouse’s cup of tea!

  • 16 kara // May 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

    never lived on a farm but grew up in southern Illinois where there were “events” on farms. would love some Juniper Moon Farm wool!

  • 17 Katie // May 23, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I never really spent a lot of time on a farm, but I am so jealous of those who have! Definitely something I want my kids to experience!

  • 18 latenac // May 23, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I’ve spent some time on farms since we’ve belonged to various CSA’s and visited others for various reasons. Living in Vermont it’s difficult not to at some point especially if you’re interested in local food. I would love to win this I have a few knitting projects that would be perfect for their yarn.

  • 19 Kate // May 23, 2011 at 4:04 am

    What an amazing prize! I used to go to school across from a farm and remember going on a school trip to visit it. When leaving we were all given a little piece of wool, freshly sheared. These days, one of my favourite walks takes me through an alpaca farm – alpaca now have to be one of my favourite animals!

  • 20 Jamie G // May 23, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I love farms and driving through rolling farmland! I have only spent a night on my roomate’s family farm in Ireland, and a couple day tours of my great aunt and uncle’s farm. They toured me around on a golf cart and showed me their land.

  • 21 ann // May 23, 2011 at 4:07 am

    both of my uncle’s had farms; a tree farm and a strawberry farm. I used to work on the strawberry in the summer. picked rocks, straightened runners, pick berries, and hopefully more berries went in the basket rather than my tummy.

  • 22 Megan // May 23, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I’ve been to a farm- the Juniper Moon Farm, actually! It’s a magical place, and lambing time is the most special time of all.

  • 23 diane // May 23, 2011 at 4:12 am

    i live farm adjacent in rural new hampshire. Dreaming of winning yummy yarn

  • 24 molly // May 23, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I spent a summer living in a farming community in the Ecuadorian Andes. I was there to teach sustainable farming methods (to prevent soil erosion on the sloped fields) and animal husbandry. It was hard work, but wonderful work.

  • 25 Sheri // May 23, 2011 at 4:15 am

    We went to visit a farm when I was really young in Korea. I remember a really big pig and picking cabbages.

  • 26 Kate // May 23, 2011 at 4:15 am

    My grandparents had a farm in Western Australia – and it was a sheep farm too. What I remember most wasn’t the sheep though, it was the big water tank my grandma painted with a mural of kangaroos… and the mismatched drinking glasses in the house. It’s not in our family any more (either the farm or the glassware), but my memories of freshly sheared, lovely, oily, dirty wool are still strong.

    I don’t even know if Juniper Moon can post to Australia but thanks anyway for putting me on to them, and reminding me of the funny (slightly sad) nakedness of newly sheared sheep!

  • 27 Terri // May 23, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Sadly, I have never lived on a farm. June farm breakfasts in Wisconsin are the best. They give you a small taste of how things are done on the farm.

  • 28 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I live in the heart of Maryland’s horse country. Although I don’t live on a farm, I get to live in between two beautiful farms. I would LOVE to win this yarn – dreaming of what I would make with it. Thanks for the chance.

  • 29 Leah // May 23, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I’ve never lived on a farm, although I have spent much time with my family in Canada on their Dairy farm.

    This CSA is so cool!

  • 30 Georgia // May 23, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I have only stayed on a farm a couple of times when I was little. The thing I remember most were the old nights and the big open fires. I don’t know if this is open to people in Australia but I would love to be in the running for some of this beautiful wool! I am certainly going to be following this blog now it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  • 31 Faye // May 23, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Oh, mama mia! Please!

  • 32 Amber // May 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Oh this would be so great! I have never spent time on a farm… but I do have a tiny community garden plot… I guess that doesn’t count.

  • 33 --Deb // May 23, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Oh, oh, me! I’ve actually been lucky enough to meet Susan and visit her farm (though not since she moved to Virginia), and know exactly how wonderful that share of yarn really is. Money’s been tight lately, though, so I would LOVE to win a share!

  • 34 Erin // May 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Grew up near farms, but never worked one.

  • 35 Little Miss S. // May 23, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Wow, I have always wanted to get a share from the Juniper Moon Farm. Great giveaway. My grandmothers brother had a farm when I was young and all holidays we went there at least for a few days. It was very old and huge and a place I would love to go now, but sadly he doesn’t live there any more.

  • 36 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I’m a city girl so I haven’t spend long visits on farms but luckily just a few hours out are all sorts of wonderful places to visit, alpaca farms, my veggie CSA farm, sheep….

  • 37 Lily // May 23, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I have spent some time on a farm, some friends of my dad grow vegetables, and we occasionally go over for big dinner parties.

  • 38 Ellen // May 23, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I live near a big city, so the only time I’ve really spent on a farm is when visiting friends that I made in college. One owns a Pumpkin Patch and has a killer corn maze!

  • 39 Megan // May 23, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I have never spent time on a farm rather than the occasional visit to Amish Country when growing up. I also visit a nearby Organic farm and can’t wait to take part in one of their dinners soon!

  • 40 Ladywild // May 23, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Wow! What a prize. I have never been on a real farm. I’ve thought about it enough, but never had the real experience.

  • 41 Sonja // May 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I spent few summers on my great uncle’s dairy farm in Indiana growing up. Feeding the calves with a giant baby bottle was probably my favorite part, and the smell of cow manure no longer bothers me.

  • 42 Cathy // May 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Ooh, super giveaway!

    I haven’t spent more than a day visiting a farm. It’s a lot more work than I usually do so my hats are off to those farmers!

  • 43 Bre // May 23, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I’ve visited a farm on school trips when I was little and traipsed through one on my way to the pub when I lived in Ireland, but otherwise have been sadly farmless!

  • 44 Lanea // May 23, 2011 at 5:00 am

    What a generous prize! I’ve spent lots of time on farms and ranches, and my favorite is the ranch where my llamas-in-law live with my husband’s aunt and uncle in the desert. Gorgeous place, wonderful animals, wonderful people.

  • 45 Loretta // May 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

    My time on a farm is usually an afternoon, but boy it’s always fun.
    I heard about a yarn casa recently and I think they are GREAT ideas!

  • 46 EdaMommy // May 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Never had the chance to live on one but I was surrounded by them for a good chunk of my childhood. We used to visit them a lot. I have fun memories of waiting for the bus whilst eyeballing the Guernseys eyeballing me (through the fence).

  • 47 Bridgett // May 23, 2011 at 5:04 am

    We recently moved to a rural area and absolutely love it. While we don’t have a farm, many of our neighbors do. Farm fresh eggs are abundant and oh so good!

  • 48 Maria // May 23, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Amazing giveaway! Never spent time on a farm, but lots of farmers markets & winery visits make me appreciate farmers & the daily work they do.

  • 49 Alyson // May 23, 2011 at 5:11 am

    oohh, oohh!!!! YARN. I love YARN. And I totally dig the Juniper Moon Farm. I haven’t been able to convince myself to do the CSA but if I win this I’d bet I’d be a CSA member forevermore.

    As for spending time on a farm – like extended time? More than the farmhouse B&Bs in Ireland?? Sadly, no. The idea of the amount of work is a little daunting but the animals are awesome. We recently took our 18 m/o to Codman Farms here in MA (they do a small honor store for meat and eggs and you can walk around and see the animals) and she loved it! I did too. There were a bunch of suckling pigs and their mama and they were so cute. Mama, on the other hand, HOLY HUGE PIG.

  • 50 Beka // May 23, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Hello, my name is Beka and I’m a yarn addict.

    I spent a lot of time volunteering at Quiet Valley Historical Farm (in the Pocono Mountians. It is a non-profit working farm with a variety of animals (sheep, rabbits, turkeys, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, etc.) that teaches the public about farm life in the 1800s. They do a bunch of festivals and school trips where 3 generations of my family volunteered as demonstrators and tour guides.

  • 51 Judy // May 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I grew up on a ranch in southern Colorado and now live in rural Virginia. I love country life and this is my birthday, so I just had to enter.

  • 52 Pam Gotcher // May 23, 2011 at 5:14 am

    What an incredible prize – thanks to both you and Juniper Moon Farm. My father was in the Air Force, so the closest I got to a farm was his mother raising chickens in downtown Knoxville, TN – but my mom was raised on a farm, and had many stories to tell about sliding down tin roofs on gunny sacks and playing amongst the watermelon plants.

  • 53 Anna // May 23, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Wow…that sounds like an amazing opportunity!! Love it!

  • 54 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

    What an amazing idea! I LOVE the idea of a yarn CSA; how clever! :-) As for spending time on a farm… I grew up in a very rural part of Michigan, and one of my cousins had an “almost farm” type of place. Huge gardens, a pond, a tree house, woods with a trail to explore in the back… it was a fab place to play as a kid. I have great memories of it. :-)

  • 55 KellyK // May 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm before, but reading the Juniper Moon blog makes me want to!

  • 56 amanda // May 23, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I grew up on a pig farm in Iowa. I love farm life (and yarn!)

  • 57 Alison // May 23, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I had my wedding reception at my mother’s tree farm.

  • 58 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 5:25 am

    My parents had friends that owned a farm that they used as a camp for special needs children. I loved going there and helping, and petting the baby goats!

  • 59 Kara // May 23, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I grew up on a 100-acre tobacco and beef cattle farm in Kentucky. I was never much of a typical farmgirl, though; I preferred to have my nose buried in a good book and my hands busy with piano practice. I appreciate my upbringing more, now — especially the side of beef that resides in my freezer!

  • 60 Kerry // May 23, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I grew up with a large dairy cow farm right up the road and the daughter of that family was a friend of mine. So, I know what cow tongues feel like, I’ve put long pieces of grass on electric fences to feel the little jolts, I’ve climbed big white plastic covered marshmallow hay bales to play king of the mountain, and I’ve steered a tractor (while her dad drove), and we rode our bikes all over the miles and miles of field paths on the farm a million times. It was great growing up with that right nearby.

  • 61 Laurence // May 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I’ve visited my father’s cousin farm every year as a child for the august corn on a cob party. It was always great to run through the cows and play hide and seek. Later I visited Scotland, which is really just a non-stop sheep farm. Every standing stone monument I have seen was surrounded by gates… inside of which were dozens sheep! I had to check the “I have been on a farm” checkbox on the customs paper!

  • 62 Gemma // May 23, 2011 at 5:31 am

    What a fabulous giveaway! I have spent a few weekends on a pig farm in Finland. It was quite interesting and certainly a different experience! Thanks for the chance!

  • 63 Anna // May 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

    A great giveaway.
    I grew up with geese, rabbits, honey bees, a huge vegetable garden and a raspberry patch. Not a farm exactly, but farm living.

  • 64 Emily // May 23, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I’ve never lived on a farm but my great grandparents had a peanut farm.

  • 65 betsy // May 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Already bought my 2012 spring share, but could always supplement it with more yarn (or get a roving share instead… though let’s not talk about all the unspun fiber I have). Nope, never spent time on a farm. Though for some reason, my husband is always convinced I was in 4H as a child.

  • 66 tracylee // May 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Oh yay I would love to win! I do love farms – my childhood friend’s family ran one of those pick-your-own strawberry farms, that had a little petting zoo and some veggies. That was a blast! I would actually like to have a farm myself :) with sheep, llamas, and tons of dogs (greyhounds, like your uncle had!)

  • 67 Regina // May 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Those sheep are so cute! Never been on a real farm, but my husband has some friends who keep goats and chickens. That’s pretty close for a city girl like me.

  • 68 Mary B. B. // May 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Grew up on an Apple “Farm.” Best place in the world. Love the outdoors. Prefer the outdoors.
    Enjoying your posts.

  • 69 april // May 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I’ve spent work days on a farm but never a full season. I love their lamb cam and would love some fresh new yarn.

  • 70 MicheleB // May 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Never spent more than a class field trip to a working farm. Though I did spend a few weeks with family in Montana one summer and got to buck bales of hay and change irrigation pipe. Does that count??

  • 71 Lorri // May 23, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I did a VocationVacation to learn about making cheese. We spent some time with the cows during the milking process. It wasn’t much but that’s about it for me. Yarn!!

  • 72 Mary W. // May 23, 2011 at 5:43 am

    this is amazing! thanks for sharing. I visited a lovely goat farm in the summer when the babies are still around, and my gosh are they sweet creatures.

  • 73 dru // May 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

    what a great idea. I have wonderful memories of going to all my great uncle’s farms (we lived near when my dad was deployed to Vietnam and Korea)…. the haying, the animals, the picnics and family reunions, the canned food. the ponds. Great childhood memories.

  • 74 Megs // May 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I have spent lots of time on farms! My dad had a small hobby farm with a horse, meat rabbits, and a small garden when I was growing up. Since then I have spent several years working on/managing vegetable production farms. I’ve never spent much time on a sheep farm though. *sigh*. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • 75 julie // May 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

    nice giveaway! I have only been to farms on short visits, but we have sheep that live down the street and we like to see them frequently, and give carrots to their llama, Patrick!

  • 76 Amy S. // May 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I grew up in the city but on our small city lot was: a peach tree, a pear tree, a cherry tree, blackberry bushes and a garden large enought o keep us in veggies all summer and all fertilized by the compost we made. I’m working hard to make that true for my own city children, who I take to a community farm to learn a bit about farm life.

  • 77 yuri // May 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Hello!

    I grew up in the city and never had the chance to visit a farm until I was grown up and befriended an auctioneer. Jared works on a dairy farm and once helped make my cousin’s dream come true by taking us to the farm to milk cows.

    The best farm experience I have ever had was when Jared took us all to shear sheep. When we showed up to the farm each sheep had a tag attached to its ear with one of our names on it. They then had to chase the sheep down to shear them and it was hilarious watching these animals with our names running around the field.

  • 78 michelle // May 23, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I grew up in the woods, but not on a farm. I wish I could spend time on a farm. I have romantic notions about it, but I’m sure it’s much harder in reality :)

  • 79 Sam // May 23, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I grew up in the country next to a sod farm, does that count? The smell of the fertilizer on all that grass was probably close to the smell of a farm!

    A yard CSA is a wonderful idea! I don’t knit very often, but my mom would FALL OVER if I won this and gave it to her!

  • 80 Kathleen // May 23, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I spend some time now and then at a friend’s farm in Western Massachusetts. It’s a wonderful place, especially if you’re there for their fourth of July bonfires.

  • 81 Hilary // May 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I’ve been following JMF every since it was on Martha’s Vineyard. What an lovely prize! I have never stayed on a working farm, but I’ve spent a lot of time on a farm that was converted to a retreat center for artists. The barn was turned into the house, and the chicken coop was the photo darkroom. Reading Susie’s blog makes me fairly certain that I’m not cut out for farm life…but I would love to visit JMF some time.

  • 82 Christy // May 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Yes, I’ve spent time on a farm. In fact, my in-laws have a small farm where they raise a few sheep. Unfortunately it is too hot here down in the south to use the wool for knitting.
    P.S. Very nifty prize. :)

  • 83 Jackie P // May 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, but this makes me want to!

  • 84 Angie // May 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I am from Iowa so there are farms all around me, but I’m a city girl. My parents sent me to farm camp when I was little. For a whole week we went to animal auctions, milked goats (the cow was way too old to milk…), built cages for rabbits and fed chickens. I cried the WHOLE WEEK, especially when they announced the “Hump Day Ho-down” including professional square dancers. We had dinner every day with the kids who were at Tree House Camp, which I had been dreaming of for years but was full that year.

  • 85 Emily // May 23, 2011 at 5:58 am

    What an excellent give away. I love visiting the countryside in general, especially meeting animals and appreciating nature.

  • 86 Dana // May 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Never really spent time on a farm. Visited them a lot as a kid with my mom in southern NJ. Used to go and buy produce and eggs or visit her friends.

  • 87 Melissa // May 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm — except maybe in a previous life, if that it how these lives of ours work! I FEEL like I have or should have been a farmer, but have had to settle for a backyard garden, various dogs, a cat, and, for only a few weeks, a chicken that my daughter taught to respond to clicker for a high school science project. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • 88 Kelly // May 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I used to go onto a huge cattle ranch when I was younger. I made many memories, from riding (and falling off of) horses to learning how to canoe. I then learned “sheep care” on a small farm in WV. Lastly I spent some time on an Alpaca/llama/horse/cattle far for my HS mentorship. I have always loved farms and hope to one day have one of my own.

  • 89 Ilah // May 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I lived on a farm until the age of 12. It was wonderful!

  • 90 Nancy // May 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    When I was a preschooler, I loved to wander in my grandfather’s garden–it was big enough and I was little enough that it felt like a real farm. He used to cut up old inner tubes into snake shapes and I would help him to thread them amongst the many strawberry plants to frighten the birds away from them. Would love to visit a sheep farm like Juniper Moon, though!

  • 91 Carla // May 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Other than a visit I have spent NO time on a farm-
    Great prize!

  • 92 Emily // May 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I live in Ohio and I’ve never been on a farm. The closest I’ve ever lived to a farm was in upstate NY!

  • 93 Jenn // May 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I spent a long weekend on a farm in my late teens. I walked the pastures and was surprised to learn how quickly cows can walk. I even shot a gun for the first time.

  • 94 Amy // May 23, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Just visits to a farm, no real stays.

  • 95 Meg // May 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I haven’t spent much time on farms – a few visits with school during childhood. I’ve joined a vegetable/berry/herb/flower CSA for the summer and plan to spend time on that farm!

  • 96 christene // May 23, 2011 at 6:09 am

    OMG, how delightful! a yarn CSA!

  • 97 sangeetha // May 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Not much, we did a lot of school trips out to farms back in india, but have never spent any significant time in one

  • 98 mavis // May 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I grew up surrounded by farms. These days, I volunteer once a week in the summer and fall at a local organic family farm…my daughter and I cook a midday meal for the workers in exchange for the CSA subscription. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  • 99 jenlyjen // May 23, 2011 at 6:13 am

    We don’t know anyone with a farm but love to visit them. There is a local farm we go to every year to pick apples, feed the goats, and take a picture of our kid next tot heir height chart and marvel!

  • 100 N // May 23, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Wow. What an utterly amazing give-away! I’ve only ever spent time visiting farms. I grew up around loads of them, and we’d take trips, but I never worked on one.

  • 101 christie // May 23, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I spent my summers as a youth on my aunt and uncle’s farm. This yarn will be a trip back to wonderful memories.

  • 102 Melanie // May 23, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’ve never spent a large amount of time on a farm (although I have visited many) but it has been my one of my dreams to have a sheep and goat farm for this very reason. What a wonderful giveaway!

  • 103 kat // May 23, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’ve never spent any length of time on a farm but the last couple of years I’ve been going to Tour de Farm here in MN where local chefs cook a dinner on a farm with food from that farm without any electricity.

  • 104 Tina-Marie Venus // May 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I’ve spent a little time on a farm. When I was younger my aunt lived in the country and she raised chickens and pigs. But she lived next door to a real working farm with grain silos and cows and horses, and my cousins and I would play on that farm as much as we could, all day long.

  • 105 Robert // May 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

    i purchased a half share last year for my wife as a gift. we have both loved the xperience.

  • 106 becky // May 23, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I work and live on an organic vegetable farm. This is my second full-time season. I’ve never been happier in my life.

  • 107 Michelle // May 23, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Yarn CSA, what a brilliant idea!

  • 108 Heidi Devereaux // May 23, 2011 at 6:27 am

    My Aunts and Uncles all live in Iowa…great childhood memories!

  • 109 m @ random musings // May 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I have never spent any length of time at a farm, either. but I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a few chickens. I wonder if my HOA agrees?

  • 110 Charlotte // May 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

    This yarn CSA sounds so fantastic. I have never lived on a real, working farm, but grew up with a big vegetable garden, chickens, and goats.

  • 111 Donna // May 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

    An amazing concept!

  • 112 Lou // May 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I volunteered on an organic farm in college. My favorite part was learning all about the different plants. :)

  • 113 Amy Scott // May 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Ooh, I would love to be part of a fibre CSA!! We don’t have very many yet where I’m from (Nova Scotia) but I would love to see then catch on here!

  • 114 jutta // May 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I grew up in a small farming village in Germany
    So many fond memories of playing in the fields, working in the fields and helping with the animals.
    I was 5 years old when my grandmother thought me how to knit, a yarn CSA is genius

  • 115 Michelle // May 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Not yet. hope i will some day though!

  • 116 Juanita Vega DeJoseph // May 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Wow! What a great idea! A CSA for yarn. I personally have visited a farm as a school trip in my youth (it may have been Amish but not sure) . City gal through and through, now living in Philadelphia, PA. I’ve always wanted to read a book on a stack of hay in a barn (my Laura Ingalls Wilder influence) have a cat in that same barn, and ride a horse. Beautiful creatures but I’ve never ridden one.

  • 117 ~Heather // May 23, 2011 at 6:34 am

    What a fantastic giveaway for today! Visited farms as a kid, wouldn’t mind an acre or so to tend. In the meantime, we have our vege CSA that starts next week!

  • 118 enjanerd // May 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Only visited farms a couple times, but not to do anything useful. This sounds so cool! :)

  • 119 Melissa // May 23, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Nothing more than a visit, and ’round here, that’s corn/soy bean farming, not the happy “sesame street” type farms with animals.

  • 120 Aryn // May 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

    While I’ve never worked on a farm, I grew up in VT so was surrounded by farms and have visited many. And I love sheep and alpacas and yarn!

  • 121 Audrey // May 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This sounds so cool! I had horses that we boarded at a family farm growing up. I was there all day during the summer, and most days after school. I loved it!

  • 122 Susan // May 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I haven’t lived on a farm, but I’ve visited Juniper Moon Farm. It’s such an awesome concept!

  • 123 Tara // May 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

    What a great giveaway! I’ve only visit a few farms, unfortunately.

  • 124 Betty // May 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I’ve only visited farms, but have always dreamed of doing more. What a great giveaway, and what a great blog!

  • 125 Jen M // May 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

    My parents lived on a farm when I was born. They had some chickens and a pig but rented out the fields. Unfortunately, we moved when I was two years old and I don’t really remember any of it.

  • 126 Ali // May 23, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Ooooooooooh! I’ve visited farms often–my grandfather was a sheep farmer, although he had retired by the time I was born.

  • 127 Katrina // May 23, 2011 at 6:45 am

    My brother has a farm in the upper peninsula of Michigan. They have a myriad of animals…and a big potato field. Every time I visit I realize what a wonderful lifestyle it is, but the daily farm work beginning at 5:30 am in the middle of a icy cold dark winter morning never fails to change my thought about it. GREAT to visit…

  • 128 Kristen // May 23, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Holy Giveaway goodness!!

    I actually live on a farm….which is now a fiber farm, thanks to Susan Gibbs, of JMF! I won the first goat giveaway in Oct. 2009, and I’d love to have a share of their yarn.

  • 129 pawdua // May 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

    We rented a mother- in- law apartment on a horse farm for about 8 months back in 1990. My DH was just out of the service and we had a great Dane . Ever case a white dog through the snow in a new moon?

  • 130 Kayla // May 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

    about 10 years ago my aunt and uncle decided they wanted to have a farm. They are both lawyers and had never lived on a farm and had basically no idea what they were doing. They got the hang of it after a few years though and now have about 20 head of cattle and lots of chickens that are essentially pets. My mom and I go there for christmas every year and enjoy the farm-fresh eggs and home-raised christmas turkey.

  • 131 Sara // May 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I have only visited local farms, have never actually lived on one.

  • 132 Elizabeth // May 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    My dad’s mid life crisis was buying some land and starting his own farm, of sorts. Two years in and it’s complete with cabin, two large growing beds, honey bees, a vineyard, chickens. Called home last night and mom and dad had just finished shelling the first harvest of fava beans. Gotta start somewhere I suppose.

  • 133 Jody // May 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I think this is fantastic. I am very interested in this type of farming and sustainable farming. I grew up on a very small farm and didn’t really appreciate it until years after it was gone. Funny how you grow up with certain things in your life and then spend the rest of your life trying to go back to that place.

  • 134 Laura // May 23, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I grew up on a farm in Indiana but now live in Boston. I really miss many aspects of the lifestyle. We didn’t have sheep; since I’ve started spinning I have tried to talk my dad into getting some, but to no avail ;-) I love the CSA concept because it makes it possible for the small farm to still be a viable enterprise.

  • 135 Cecilia // May 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I’ve never spent time living on an actual farm but I did grow up down the street from a petting farm. Does that count?

  • 136 Laurie // May 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Despite growing up in an agricultural part of the country, I lived in the suburbs and never spent more than a couple of hours at a friend’s grandpa’s farm when I was a child. However, I’ve gotten swept up in the local food movement and in the last couple of years have been to lots of them for pick-your-own events, CSAs, etc. It’s funny, but even though it wasn’t a part of my childhood, I still have a strong nostalgia for the idea of small, family-owned farms

  • 137 Anna // May 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    My husband’s aunt has a farm (although I think she refers to it as a ranch) near the central coast in California – I love going there to see the goats and chickens! She makes the best cookies EVER due (at least in part) to the fresh goat’s milk used in the dough. Yummy.

  • 138 Ida // May 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    My sister owns a farm in Slovenia and I love spending time there with all the wonderful animals and the long fields of corn. While I get to enjoy it while on vacation each summer, she has the hard work of maintaining it throughout the year. I love my sister and her farm.

  • 139 Jess // May 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

    What a great idea! I’ve never heard of a yarn CSA before!

    I haven’t spent much time on a true farm, but am working hard to grow as much as I can on my own urban farm on a quarter acre lot. Grass is disappearing little by little and now veggies and fruit and later chickens take over.

    I couldn’t resist entering this contest, because this farm has the same name as my Dog :) She’s really Juniper, but I call her Juniper Moon all the time… no reason, the words just sound good together.

  • 140 M // May 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I’ve never lived on a farm, but I’ve visited some. The amount of work is amazing.

  • 141 Allison // May 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Yes! I spent a few days on a Heifer Project farm in central Mass when I was a teenager. Very hard work but I loved every second of it.

  • 142 Emjay Kay // May 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

    This is amazing! I’ve been to but never actually
    lived on a farm. Great giveaway, and Happy
    Anniversary!

  • 143 Vicki // May 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

    My sister-in-law is an organic farmer and I have spent a few summers there over the years–hoeing peppers, hand-weeding baby carrots, picking basil early in the morning, training tomato vines… So much exhausting work but it’s great to be out in the sun all day!

  • 144 Leslie // May 23, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I’ve never spent more than a day or so visiting a farm. For a while I was a backyard chicken owner so I have a tiny glimpse of the daily routine and responsibility. I loved my flock and was lucky enough to have dogs who didn’t see chickens as prey. Someday when I’m ready to keep chicks warm through our cold and crazy spring I hope to have my mini farm again.
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  • 145 Monica // May 23, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I’ve never lived on a farm, but I’ve visited my family in Austria on theirs and really loved it. We were there for the 1999 solar eclipse and the chickens all went in to roost when it happened!

  • 146 Ariadne // May 23, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Yes! My grandparents have an avocado farm in Florida and we’ve spent every winter holiday there since I can remember.

  • 147 Katie // May 23, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I grew up surrounded by farms. One of my summer jobs was mucking out horse stalls- fun times!

  • 148 blair // May 23, 2011 at 7:11 am

    my grandpa’s farmland is still with the family. my parents hope to build on it when they retire in a few years, which makes me super happy knowing that the land will be a part of my kids’ memories too. love this giveaway!

  • 149 Sheila // May 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I grew up with farms all around, but I didn’t actually live on one. My farm experience was limited to a few trips to my mom’s uncle’s farm.

  • 150 amy // May 23, 2011 at 7:13 am

    The idea of winning a share in this CSA literally took my breath away. In my dreams, I live on a farm. But, in reality, I’ve never lived on one, only visited friends and, as a child, my great aunt Emma’s very small one.

  • 151 Jill // May 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I’ve never spent much time on a farm. But as a child, I dreamed about it all the time and wanted to be a farmer when I grew up!

    I’ve never heard of a yarn/fiber CSA before – I would love love love to win it!

  • 152 dayra // May 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    What a fantastic giveaway!
    I’ve never spent any time at a farm, but a co-worker of mine grew up on one, her stories are so vivid it makes me think I was there!

  • 153 adrienne // May 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I have never spent time on a farm other than visiting for petting zoos and picking my own apples. I love Juniper Moon Farms!

  • 154 Julia // May 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I grew up next to many farms and loved it. We live in the city now but we are close to the animal barns near Michigan State University where we visit baby lambs in the spring! I love this CSA!

  • 155 Amy // May 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I have never really spent time on a farm. I had a roommate for a long time who grew up on a strawberry farm, so I heard lots of stories from her and have visited her family’s farm many times. That’s about as close as I have gotten!

  • 156 Marion // May 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Born and bred city girl here, but since marriage I have visited my husband’s grandparents farm. It is such a different way of life – I love watching my kids run around exploring the animals, the equipment and getting good and dirty.

    Cool giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  • 157 Cary // May 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I spent a summer working on an organic lettuce farm, where we handled every plant at every stage from seed to seedling to baby plant to individual leaves plucked and washed and and dried and packed one by one to be sent off to restaurants. “Labor of love” doesn’t even begin to touch it.

  • 158 Amy // May 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I would love to win this!!! I have thought about joining one of these, so this would be a great intro! Thanks!!!

  • 159 Mischa // May 23, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Wow, I love this idea. My dad inherited a non-working farm in Kansas from his dad where every other year as a teenager I had to go out with him and help to burn the tallgrass prairie in the spring. It was exhausting but exhilarating to run around on old tractors starting then putting out grass fires. And a week later spring green grass covered all the charred land like velvet.

  • 160 Susan // May 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I have never spent time on a farm – but I love reading Susan’s blog about her life with the sheep. This is an amazing giveaway, thank you!

  • 161 Henrietta // May 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    My roommate in college persuaded me to go in on a CSA share and it was amazing. I later helped out on the farm building cold frames. Getting your hands in all that earth and greenery is wonderful.

  • 162 Lisa // May 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I grew up deep in the country surrounded by farms, but not on one. Love being a city girl now, and would love a yarn CSA, what a great idea!

  • 163 stacey // May 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I used to be in 4-H, so I spent some time on my friends’ farms. I wanted to be a country girl SO BAD. Still kinda do, actually! :)

  • 164 Allie // May 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I spent time on a farm last November. It was in Ponder, TX, and the farm was my college roommate’s boyfriend’s uncle’s organic sprout farm. I lived in a UHaul trailer, helped to build a house out of clay and sand, and ate my meals in a greenhouse with a resident “house chicken” named Hal.

  • 165 luckydog // May 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I grew up on a chicken feed (Beacon Feeds, to be precise) research farm. Tens of thousands of layers, ducks, and turkeys.

    It was a really fun place as a child, and we always had eggs to eat, even when blizzards closed the roads.

  • 166 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Growing up in Nebraska, I’ve spent time on many a farm!

  • 167 leanne // May 23, 2011 at 7:33 am

    AMAZING giveaway! My husband and I dream of owning a farm some day.

  • 168 heather // May 23, 2011 at 7:35 am

    omg omg omgoodness! this is amazing! i just joined a produce CSA this year, and have my eye on juniper moon farm for a fiber CSA one day, too. what a great giveaway! i have not spent time on a farm, but i would love to!

  • 169 lmfny // May 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I’ve visited farms, but never spent much time on one–alas. :) Hope whoever wins this giveaway will share some pictures of the results they knit!

  • 170 Katrina // May 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I haven’t ever spent much time on a farm, but I’ve been getting a vegetable CSA from a local farm for the last couple of summers, and I’ve been wanting to try out a yarn CSA!

  • 171 Meryl // May 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I sorta-kinda grew up on one. We had goats, dogs, cows, rabbits…except we never really produced anything. They were all sort of like big pets. ;)

  • 172 jennifer e // May 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    i need some yarn. would love to win this!

  • 173 gwen // May 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I spent a week one summer living on a farm outside Austin, TX when I was a girl. More recently, I’ve become a fiber enthusiast as I live in the southwest and work with Navajo weavers on occasion and have the opportunity to see the role of Churro sheep and their wool in the weaving world here in the southwest. The Juniper Moon farm sounds amazing-I’m gonna head over to the blog right now!

  • 174 kimu // May 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    While I’ve never actually lived on a farm, I grew up in a rural area and so experienced farm life through our neighbors and through members of my extended family who were farmers. One of the best things in participating in a food CSA is the opportunity to visit our farmer’s farm and get to know where our food is being grown.

  • 175 Kirsten // May 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I have lived in the country once or twice, but never on a farm!!! Close enough to visit and play and reap the rewards of drinking milk fresh from the cow!!! (in a glass of course!!)

    My cousins had a tobacco farm which was interesting!!

  • 176 Ann // May 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Aside from the occasional day visit, I’ve never spent time on a farm. I love the Juniper Moon blog, though, and am hoping to someday have my own little spot where I can have a couple of sheep and a big garden – a mini-farm!

  • 177 Mary // May 23, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I have never lived on a farm, but I love the yarn CSA concept. Off to check their website for more info now!

  • 178 Natalie // May 23, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm even though my Grandma came from one. She moved to the big city, and never looked back.

  • 179 Ann // May 23, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I have not really spent any time on a farm, but we do have our little backyard veg garden. I love the yarn CSA idea!

  • 180 Karla // May 23, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Wow, a yarn CSA is so cool!

    My grandparents worked on a dairy, so I spent some time with the cows but I never lived on one.

  • 181 lonna // May 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    lots of time on dairy farms as a kid in lancaster, but now live in the urban jungle…I miss rural life for sure.

  • 182 Donna // May 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, but I love living in an area surrounded by them; rural Ohio is beautiful.

  • 183 mrscharlemagne // May 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Aaack! Wouldn’t I love to have this! I have been wanting a yarn share for a while, and am waiting for my family to get me one for my bday. Still waiting…

    I grew up in the country, across the road from a cow pasture. So not farm, but with some of the associated odors =).

  • 184 Michelle // May 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Only when I was part of The Root Connnection CSA while living in Redmond.

  • 185 Renee C // May 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    This is an amazing giveaway! I’ve never spent much time on farms, but have visited friends and family who live on them. Always a fun time!

  • 186 katie // May 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I live in a rural area but not too many farms around anymore. I’ve never spent more than a few hours on a farm, but would love to spend a week. I’m eyeing the Quillascut Farm School…

  • 187 wendy // May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    This is such an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance :) My dad grew up on a farm that my grandmother still lives on (she’ll be 90 this year). It is my absolute favorite place in the whole world. I moved around a lot growing up, and it has been the one constant in my life. If you go to the loft in the barn, you’ll find a “house” set up that my sister and I put together about 30 years ago. It’s all still there!

  • 188 G. // May 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I’ve never lived on a farm, but it was my childhood dream. I’ve visited some and still harbor that fantasy. I love the Juniper Moon Farm blog — that’s where I got my favorite granola recipe. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  • 189 Alyson // May 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I grew up beside a farm and was sometimes asked to look after the chickens when they would go away for a few days. My favourite part was picking them up and tucking one under each arm and carrying them back to their coop if they hadn’t gone in to roost. I loved those little chickens.

  • 190 anne // May 23, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I haven’t spent much time on farms, though we do some urban homesteading :)

  • 191 Amanda // May 23, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I used to spend summers on grandparent’s farm. I loved shucking corn, but my favorite activity was picking blueberries. I think I ate more blueberries than I brought in.

  • 192 Rachael // May 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I love Juniper Moon Farm’s blog, and would love a share of yarn! I grew up in a rural area with farms all around, but never spent more than a few hours on one. I’m secretly glad that the farm we’re buying our veggie CSA share through doesn’t require farm work, too.

  • 193 Stephanie // May 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Yarn CSA? That sounds AMAZING! I’ve never spent any time on a farm.

  • 194 Darsana // May 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

    As a DIY-type with a strong interest in self-sufficiency, I’d always idealized farm living. In 2008, I finally got around to volunteering at a working organic farm for a week and ended up putting in 7:30-4pm days! I found it contemplative and have never slept so soundly after a day of labor. The only problem was that there were no cute animals like sheep.

  • 195 Cecile // May 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

    My grand dad (and his dad and his grand-dad before him) was a small farmer, a small one who even didn’t own a tractor but a donkey (but still made a living for him and his family with a lot of hard work)! My uncle and cousin are making wine in France. When I was a kid, in France, my mom sent me a couple of summers to one-month kid camp in a farm, where I had to help with the sheeps and cows and we were making cheese. Now I’m a scientist in biology in the US, but I’m often contemplating starting a new career and buy a farm to grow organic food and raise happy free-range animals. Farmer blood is running through my veins and I think going back to my roots would be a good and healthy life choice!

  • 196 Nicole // May 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I love farms, and spent a lot of time on them as a child, and as much time as I can as an adult!

  • 197 Lisa // May 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’ve only ever visited farms (although growing up I thought my big back yard was a farm)! In the SF Bay Area I love Ardenwood Historical Farm in Fremont.

  • 198 Jess // May 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    A yarn CSA! What an absolutely amazing idea! I grew up in farm country in Southern WI and hated it as a teenager, but now I sometimes long for it after moving to the west coast.

    The closest I’ve come to spending some good quality time on a farm, though, would be volunteering at an animal rescue “farm” – feeding carrots to the sweet horses, tending to dogs big and small, chasing after tiny kittens, and making delicious slop for the giant potbellied pigs. Good for the soul.

  • 199 Dagny // May 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    this yarn sure does look jummy!!!

    But no, I’ve never spent time at a farm except for visist… but my granpa had sheeps, he wasn’t really a farmer tho ;-)

  • 200 Kaela // May 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I’ve spent time on an urban farm in Austin, Texas, and in our community garden here in Austin. Nothing so fulfilling as a day of hard work on the farm.

  • 201 Lydia // May 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I’ve never spent time on a working farm, but I spent six weeks working on an archaeological dig in the middle of a sheep pasture in England’s Lake District. That was before I knew how to knit and hand spin, so I didn’t appreciate the sheep there as much as I probably should have.

  • 202 Kate // May 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Never spent time on a farm but I think I would absolutely love it. Hard work that pays off, where you actually see results, all outdoors, instead of sitting in an office and not knowing if your project will ever have an impact on anything? Yes, please!

    And yarn? Yes, please!

  • 203 caroline // May 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Yarn CSA!!! OMG. Yes. Yes. Yes.

    Sadly, I have not spent much time on farms, outside of day visits and a three-day camp out at a local farm with my students. I would LOVE to win some yarn!

  • 204 heathre // May 23, 2011 at 8:28 am

    what a great prize!
    nope, not much time on a farm – grew up in a small town, pretty rural area but we were ‘town folk’ :)

  • 205 brianne @ the ravenna girls // May 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I grew up around a lot of farms but didn’t get too down and dirty myself.

  • 206 GFN // May 23, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’m a city mouse on the surface with a bit of country mouse dying to be let out. I have dreams of having a little farm with chickens and sheep but am happy to just dream about it. A little straight-from-the-sheep yarn is probably all I need to fulfill my country mouse dreams.

    Thanks for the contest.

  • 207 Adrienne // May 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Yarngasm! Woo!

    Yep, spent some time on a working hobby farm that was also my babysitter’s back in the mid-80s. Learned to speak “chicken” and gather eggs!

  • 208 Liz // May 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I spent all my summers growing up on a farm in southern Kentucky. My uncle raised beef cattle and tobacco while my aunt cooked every southern delicacy you can think if. (and some you probably can’t!)

  • 209 Betsy // May 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Oooh. I do remember the first time you posted about this!

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, but have very romantic versions of doing so one day. (Although in my version I’m not doing any actual farm-work, just maybe cooking in my fabulous farmhouse kitchen or something.)

  • 210 Elise // May 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    What a great giveaway! Some of my mom’s cousins are farmers so we would visit their farms when we would go see relatives in Minnesota. One year we got to hold a baby lamb and baby pigs!

  • 211 Patsy // May 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I have been coveting a Juniper Moon Share! My farm time has been limited to school trips in elementary school and visits to friends houses. There is something magical about the thought of working on a farm.

  • 212 Maggie // May 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I spent time on my great-uncle’s farm in Indiana when I was little – maybe 8 years old. My younger sister and I got to ride the tractor with him, help shuck corn, and we played with barn kittens! It was like a little-kid’s ideal version of farm life.

  • 213 Rebecca // May 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

    when I was growing up, an elderly relative lived on a farm a few miles outside of the city. I remember milking a cow, and eating homemade donuts (and the neighbors peacocks shrieking). BTW, love to knit!

  • 214 Sara // May 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

    What an amazing CSA! When I was a kid, a lot of my friends lived on farms, but I didn’t spend any significant amount of time on them. I am, however, in the process of turning my backyard into a small city farm! It’s all veggies, and we are hoping to get a few chickens next year.

    I would love a little organic farms someday. And I’d definitely have wooly animals!

  • 215 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Yes, two types – a collective which raises produce and animals (I got to milk some goats!) and a rice farm in Japan (helped out around harvest time). Amazing experiences both.

  • 216 Megan // May 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Growing up, I had a babysitter from my church that had a farm. Everyday was an adventure in learning what I had been missing out on as a city kid. I love the concept of CSAs and would love to win this one! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 217 Carlin // May 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I love her blog, which I think I found from your site. One of her dogs in my desktop at work. It has inspired me to try and become a paper towel free household as well. Sadly, Iv’e never spent time on a proper farm of any kind. I’m trying to convince a group to have a bachelorette party at JMP, but the nonknitters are biting.

  • 218 Christine // May 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love this farm! Growing up, we would visit my aunt and uncle’s small farm in Marin. They had goats and sheep. My aunt, an attorney, would have someone sheer and make yarn and she would get a small percentage. Unfortunately, my uncle was very clear that these were farm animals and lamb was on the menu quite a bit. I was very happy to read that at Juniper “we are very proud of the fact that no animal on our farm is ever eaten.” Awesome. Did I mention I’ve been a vegetarian since I was twelve?

  • 219 Susan // May 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I LOVE farms – especially the smell of barns. This is a lovely blog. Thanks for introducing it to us.

  • 220 George A. // May 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I’ve never spent any time on a farm, but used to visit one when I was young and my dad would buy milk. I would love to win this for my wife.

  • 221 Nana // May 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    visited a farm…once. Poor benighted child of suburban parents. But I’d love the yarn!

  • 222 Jess // May 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    how cool! I’ve never heard of a yarn CSA! my mom’s house is slowly becoming farm-like. they got a bunch of chickens last year, and this year my kid sister is participating in the lamb program at 4-H. one of these days I’m going to come home for the holidays and find livestock! (I can’t wait for that day). :)

  • 223 Rachel // May 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    My undergrad college had a farm, and I spent some time there picking veggies, watching the sheep and sheepdogs, and participating in our CSA. It was great!

  • 224 Steffy // May 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Oh, squeeeeee. I would love to win this. To think of the crocheting I could do with this scrumptious yarn!

    My mom had a friend named Karen, and she and her husband own a farm. We used to go there every fall for a hay ride / Halloween party / chili party.

  • 225 Stephanie M. // May 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

    My grandparents own a farm and we used to visit every Sunday when I was growing up!

  • 226 Tasha // May 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I have most certainly been on a farm — my grandfather raised hundreds of acres of wheat, corn and soybeans. Some of my favorite memories are of picking raspberries in their garden.

  • 227 Marin // May 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What a generous giveaway! When I was a kid I used to go to a summer camp on an organic farm, and I always loved helping with barn chores, especially milking the cows and leading them out to pasture. They always had this big, calm presence that somehow felt protective, even when they were stubborn.

    Even small farms are a lot of work, and I have so much respect for farmers like Susan and the rest of the Juniper Moon Farm team.

  • 228 Terry Moran // May 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I love Juniper Moon Farm’s blog and have followed it from her days in New England. I have gone to farms to buy milk and eggs and cantaloupes, but never to do more.

  • 229 Courtney // May 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

    i have never heard of a yarn CSA, that is amazing. this week we start our local fruit & veggie CSA, which i am soooo excited about!!!! CSAs are amazing.

  • 230 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I went to a farm on a field trip as a kid. I remember the baby chicks mostly. Now we have a CSA for produce and I really want to make a trip to the farm to check out where our food comes from. A yarn CSA is a pretty cool idea!

  • 231 Laura // May 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I live in Georgia so I think northerners assume I’m all country-girl and would have spent time on a farm but no, never. I stayed with my cousin who lived across the street from a farm once… in New York. Cows are scary!

  • 232 Jessica // May 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I did habitat restoration on a farm in 2009 – a long couple of days spent whacking down brambles with a machete. Good times.

  • 233 Laura // May 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve been fairly poor this year, and ran out of yarn for projects about, well, a year ago, so my knitting habit has fallen off entirely… This would be a great way to indulge it once again! Plus, I’d love to knit at least one or two upcoming babies (not mine!) some tiny little knitwear.

    I grew up in farm country, just south of Lake Ontario in NY state. We lived on one acre of a farm surrounded on two sides by apple trees, one side by corn, and one side by a barn. The farm itself had no animals, but we got all-you-can eat fresh corn and apples when they were in season! Farmers make excellent neighbors.

    Thanks so much for doing all these giveaways – I’ve missed the normal content, but this is a great way to give back to your readers!

  • 234 kellosaurus // May 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

    my aunt and uncle raised a small flock of sheep. I will never forget seeing the brand new lambs jumping around. Unfortunately, this was all before i learned to knit, and appreciate all those lovely lambies had to offer.

    this would be the ultimate prize!

  • 235 Maryanne // May 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Unless you can count day trips to pick your own strawberries, no, I have never spent any real time on a farm. Certainly Juniper Moon Farm makes it look like I’m missing a lot!

  • 236 Sarah V. // May 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

    You know, I haven’t really had the chance to spend any time on a farm. I would love to, though!

  • 237 CindyAz // May 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I grew up on a cattle ranch, does that count?

  • 238 molly // May 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Grew up on a horse farm :)

  • 239 Cassandra // May 23, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’m an urban girl through and through – but I’ve been daydreaming about having a farm since my daughter was born two years ago. Something about food safety sent me over the edge.

    Swooning over this give-a-way!!

  • 240 RLJ // May 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Both my parents grew up on farms. My mom’s parents still farmed until I was a teenager. I think what I loved about it was the space and the freedom to move around in it.

  • 241 jessicac // May 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I adore Juniper Moon Farm. I belong to a veggie CSA, and this would be the perfect match. I grew up on a semi-farm, 1 cow, chickens for eggs, and turkeys too!

  • 242 April // May 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I’ve never lived on a farm but I have made visits. The most recent was a trip to an alpaca farm and it was a pretty fun.

  • 243 kelli // May 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I grew up on an orchard, a kind of farm. We didn’t have traditional farm animals, but lots of my friends belonged to 4-H and our county fair was lots of fun.

  • 244 Laurel // May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I have never spent time on a farm, unless you count the citrus/avocado ranch my husband’s family owns. But there are no animals there (save a stray peacock that just showed up a few years ag0).

  • 245 Jennie // May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I’ve spent time on a cattle ranch, but I think that’s pretty different.

  • 246 Byung // May 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I grew up in the city but my husband grew up on his grandpa’s farm in Puerto Rico. He’s been itching to incorporate some chickens and goats into our suburban life but no luck yet :)

  • 247 Ellen Q // May 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I would love to win this! When I was younger, we would sometimes go visit my uncle’s farm. I remember being woken up before dawn one morning because a lamb had just been born. I watched it learn to walk in the cold barn. It was magical.

    Thank you!

  • 248 Sally // May 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    My family owns a wheat farm in E. Washington, and we visited every year as kids. I also spent part of my exchange year in Switzerland on a small dairy farm, mending mostly.

  • 249 elaine // May 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    i spent some time on my uncle’s ranch in napa county whe i was a kid. they had a small herd of cattle that they raised for meat, while they themselves were vegetarians (for health reasons only). heh.

  • 250 jen // May 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    what a great csa! we have spent time with our cousins at their organic farm where they grow organic veg, raise beautiful chickens for eggs and produce wonderful goat milk cheese!

  • 251 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Yes! My grandparents owned a pig farm in Kentucky when I was growing up. This is great!

  • 252 Ann // May 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Gosh, I love it when people know their passion and can follow it, it’s beautiful.

  • 253 Leigh // May 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I’ve never stayed on a farm, but this one seems like a good place to start.

  • 254 Christina DV // May 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love Juniper Farm and have been a shareholder for years. I used to spend summers working on a pack horse ranch, hauling people and their gear into the backcountry and dropping off supplies. I loved it.

  • 255 Joanna // May 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I have not spent any real time on a farm, but I have had the chance to visit a couple, and seeing the shearing process is really cool!

  • 256 Lindsey N // May 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, but I think I would like it. This Yarn CSA sounds amazing!

  • 257 Jennevieve // May 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    My uncle owns a sugar beet farm and cattle farm in Montana but they use Round Up like crazy and give lots of antibiotics to their cattle so it is not really a farm I enjoy visiting!

  • 258 seeks // May 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

    My family would go ga-ga over this CSA! I grew up in a rural/town community for quite some years, but I only spent time on smaller scale “farms”–nothing in which the produce and livestock were the main income. We do have some friends who now own their own sheep/goat farm though.

  • 259 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I have fond hazy memories of my grandparents’ farm, and now make do with a big flock of chickens, 4H club, and visits to a local dairy farm and our vege csa farm!

  • 260 Diane // May 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    When I was in college, I spent a weekend volunteering at a Camphill Community, a residential therapeutic community for people with disabilities. This one was based on a farm, and it was really eye opening to me how everyone was able to take part in the work on the farm taking care of the animals or making the households run smoothly. It was fascinating how a lifestyle that required so much work could also be so relaxing.

  • 261 Loretta // May 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for this opportunity. Grandma and Grandpa had a farm complete with woodstove, outhouse, lots of animals and barn-cats. I was just a little girl, but it was fun to work alongside them doing the chores.

  • 262 Hilary // May 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Does my uncle’s catfish farm count? Most of the fish end up going into animal feed, I think. Yarn sounds a might bit prettier.

  • 263 Blue // May 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This Yarn CSA sounds like a perfect gift for my knitting-best-friend-who-is-turning-30-in-June so I decided to tell you about my two most favorite farm experiences, since I can’t pick between the two. My partner and I were given an acre of a local farm to grow barley for a ‘scratch beer’ project and it took all of our friends and their kitchen knives to harvest it all… the farm owner is getting 5 gallons of scratch beer in return and we have many great stories. My next favorite farm days are when I used to shuck peas with Nanny and PawPaw (my paternal grandparents) while watching over the farm sitting on back porch swings. I love remembering those days even though, at the time, I hated hand-shucking those darn peas… they just had so many of them!!

  • 264 Kate S. // May 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

    We don’t live on a farm, unfortunately, but live within a rural, farming community.

  • 265 Elis // May 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I grew up in farming country so I’ve spent a lot of time on & around farms, but strangely I’ve never spent a full 24 hours on any farm. I probably ought to change that.

  • 266 Anna // May 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Wow! What a fantastic giveaway.

    I spend a lot of time around my dad’s “miniature” farm, as my daughter calls it. He lives in a rural area, has gardens, orchards, geese, and has had various farm-type projects over the years. I would classify his place as more of a homestead, though, as he raises for his own needs, and not intensively enough to sell. Although, we just acquired 20 chickens, so that may change.

  • 267 Amanda W // May 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    When I was little I spent a lot of weekends at a family friend’s farm.

  • 268 Tai // May 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

    A yarn CSA- that sounds awesome!!!

    I kinda grew up on a farm. We had a little over an acre- there was an apple orchard, chickens, a HUGE garden, sometimes we boarded horses, and every year we had a cow for slaughter. No barn, but we did have lots of hay. One year we did have a sheep (also for slaughter).

  • 269 Meg // May 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I’ve spent very little time on farms, as I’m insanely allergic to hay!

  • 270 Beth // May 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

    yes, most recently last week to pick strawberries. But more when I was a kid and some friends of my parents owned a farm with an apple orchard at the edge — they’d have a great party at harvest time to make apple cider. Wish they still had the farm, but they sold it and retired years ago.

  • 271 KJ // May 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I grew up on a small self sustaining farm – we had cows, pigs, chickens, and from time to time sheep, horses, and goats!

  • 272 Cyn // May 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’m a california girl, so I’ve been to ranches, but never farms. My uncle had a ranch with cows, horses, and a pig that he could ride(!). And a small pack of half-coyote dogs running around.

  • 273 Julienne // May 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I’ve never been on a farm but I definitely plan on visiting one in the future ever since the birth of my son. He adores animals…

  • 274 Yvonne Herbst // May 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Yarn CSA!! What a giveaway!

    I had several internships on organic farms as a teenager. I still have great memories and use what I learned to this day.

  • 275 monika // May 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I have never spent time on a large farm. When I was young my best friend’s neighbor had llamas and goats that she kept. I am not sure what she did with them but we liked to go visit to pet them, especially the babies!

  • 276 Gweneth // May 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I have never lived on a farm but I have lived in a rural area with farms as our neighbours.

  • 277 Kristin H // May 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    That sounds like the perfect CSA for me! I have visited quite a few farms, I did my master’s work on several organic wheat farms.

  • 278 Lauria // May 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’ve spent time on JMF, actually! I adore Susie and the farm, but farm shares are usually out of my financial reach.

    JMF is a beautiful farm and the animals are all so well-cared for and happy. I’m sure that being at a fiber farm is different than many others, as much of the time I was going on yarn-adventures rather than working with the animals! (Dyeing yarn, sewing things for an event, coming up with colorway names, labeling skeins of yarn! All of that in addition to feeding the animals and giving the babies an occasional “snorgle”. Definitely not a typical farm experience, I don’t think!)

  • 279 kendra // May 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’ve spent a little time on a friend’s farm…never as much as I’d like though.

  • 280 Lisa G // May 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

    What a fabulous idea! I was born and raised on a tobacco farm in southern Virginia. We always had sheep, chickens, goats, cows, mules and ponies. I started knitting and spinning at an early age and have passed my love for all things fiber to my daughters! Hope I win!!!

  • 281 Ayse // May 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I grew up on a farm! Dairy, though, no sheep. And a couple of times I have gone to a farm a few hours away from here to help with the shearing of their sheep.

  • 282 Juliet // May 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    This CSA sounds awesome! I could do a lot with some fresh yarn! I was a 4-H member as a kid and we used to meet at a farm (with horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits) that was part of a local high school. Unfortunately, the school district later decided to turn the farm into a sports park. Not nearly as cool as the farm was.

  • 283 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My dad grew up on a farm, does that count?

  • 284 Michele H. // May 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I was a city girl for years, before moving to the country about 11 years ago…I never would have believed that the line “that cow in our yard? oh, that’s Buddy” would have come out of my mouth before. When the neighbor’s extremely tame pet bull would get lonesome, he would get bored and appear at our house. He’d just stare into the house until you went outside to scratch his head, then finally wander back home, kind of like the world’s largest dog.

  • 285 Linda // May 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    My husband and I grew up on farms. I had sheep as a 4-H project. I have many fond memories of life on the farm. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • 286 Anna Branner // May 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Juniper Moon ROCKS. And I am lucky enough to have just moved near the farm about a year ago. I visit The Farm when I can. I went to school in Iowa surrounded by farms….and when I was only 3 or 4 we were in upstate NY. I still remember taking rides with Mr Newman next door to visit the dairy farm up the road. :)

  • 287 Maribeth // May 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway. I spent time on my grandparents’ farm growing up. When my dad was growing up it was a real working farm, but when I was young they had transformed it into a christmas tree farm with a HUGE vegetable garden and a few other crops (no livestock, though).

  • 288 Isabel // May 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Yarn CSA is about the coolest thing I’ve ever heard of!! I haven’t spent much time on farms, but the parents of a close friend of mine in college had one, and I spent a little time there. It was awesome!! I loved it.

  • 289 Liz // May 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I have never spent time on a farm, I’m a city girl who takes after her father and considers squirrels wildlife (OK, I’m not that bad but I am afraid of horses).

  • 290 Wendie // May 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I lived around farms but not on one. I also grew up in the country so lots of friends had farms. My grandpa loved to raise animals so he always had some kind of farm animals, whenever they lived somewhere that had the room and he had the time. Cows seemed to be the animal of choice as he got older but I remember helping feed the lambs when he had them.

  • 291 mollysusie // May 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Squeee~! I’ve wanted to buy a share to Juniper Moon Farms ever since I found their blog way back when! What a fab giveaway! I’ve ridden horses forever, and have worked at several horse farms (my fav was one in NC that also raised peacocks) but have never been on a more traditional cows/chickens/sheeps/pigs farm. Maybe because I know I’d throw myself in front of the meat truck!

  • 292 Monica // May 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

    This sounds like an awesome giveaway! I’ve been knitting for about 4 years and I love it. One can never have too much yarn :)

  • 293 lori aka knittingfool // May 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I’ve spent time at Juniper Moon! I want so much to live on a farm, tending to the earth and animals.

  • 294 rachellake // May 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    This might be my favorite of your giveaways!

  • 295 just barrie // May 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Holy moly, I WANT THIS ONE! This past January I worked on a farm in Hawaii. It was pretty rad. I would love to that for a month every year if I could. It was a pretty eye-opening experience.

  • 296 Trisha C // May 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

    What a great giveaway! I’ve spent time on a few farms in both rural Massachusetts and in Maine. If I were more of an early riser I would love to live on a farm. :)

  • 297 jeannette // May 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I grew up in farm country! We didn’t have a farm, but everyone around us had pigs, chickens, cows, etc. I would bike ride to peoples’ houses and ask if I could ride their horses (surprisingly they said yes!) It was a good time. This prize is amazing!! I love your birthday month extravaganza – how fun!!

  • 298 Jessica // May 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I spent a few weeks on a farm in Tuscany, Italy during a study abroad. It was a fantastic experience because it was an agro-tourism facility and all the food used for meals (except for dairy) was grown organically on site, including the olives/olive oil, wine, and cured-meats. It was a real eye-opener to traditional farming in Tuscany.

  • 299 Tracy A. // May 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Yay!!! I love Juniper Moon (:

    Some of my parents’ friends lived out in the country while I was in high school. We used to visit quite often and even animal-sit once in a while when they were out of town. Fun!

  • 300 Zoe // May 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    One spring I helped with lambing on a farm for a week. What an intense experience!

  • 301 Sarah O // May 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This is such an interesting giveaway! I’ve never spent any time on a farm, unless you count our friends’ tree farm, which I don’t. :)

  • 302 sara // May 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Wow, great giveaway! I’ve spent time on my great-grandparent’s farm in Illinois, where the whole family gets together for a reunion every 4 years.

  • 303 Liz // May 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Yes – for the first 17 years of my life! Goats, chickens, horses, cows…apples, hay, peaches. But never sheep, and never yarn! Exciting!

  • 304 Anne // May 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I spend a lot of time on my in-law’s farm, which also spurred my interest in all things fiber. Weaving, spinning, dyeing, knitting, the works!

  • 305 Julia // May 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I grew up on a small farm! My mom still has sheep – Jacob sheep – the only breed that is black/brown and white. They also have 2 to 6 horns each! I have no idea how to spin the wool, but just taught myself how to knit and absolutely LOVE the idea of a yarn CSA! Never heard of that until this post. How exciting! Happy anniversary, Not Martha!

  • 306 Lydia // May 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Grew up next to a cow farm my dad managed.

  • 307 Natalie // May 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    My dear aunt and uncle are farmers, working land that has been in the family for generations. I’m definitely a city gal, but after a life of moving all over the place, it’s nice to have a spot of earth where I feel like I have deeper roots.

  • 308 Liz // May 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    how fun! have enjoyed visiting farms, and love getting a bit of the experience through farm blogs, too!

  • 309 amanda // May 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    my first job was milking cows on a large dairy farm!

  • 310 Teresa // May 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I grew up on a farm in Kentucky. I think it was the perfect childhood and so much of who I am today (I’m now 51) is a direct result of my upbringing. It is a hard life–to be so dependent of the vagaries of weather so that endless hard work can be wiped away with one drought or rain at the wrong time of year. My father farmed with his father and I spent countless time with my grandmother, Elsie from whom I learned my love of fiber arts. She made amazing thread crochet and tatted table clothes and bedspreads. She never read a pattern, but her work was beautiful. She also did some quilting and knitting. When I’m asked where I learned to knit I think of my grandmother with love. I remember sitting with her in the cool summer shade working on projects. Thank you for allowing me to share this memory with you and the others here. I can almost hear the crickets chirping…

  • 311 jen // May 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I haven’t spent time on a farm, but wish I had/could/can.

  • 312 Jess // May 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Oh my goodness this is exciting. I had no idea yarn CSAs existed! I haven’t spent much time on farms beyond pumpkin picking, but they’re beautiful places!

  • 313 Teresa // May 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

    P.S. I have a retired greyhound who was born in Oklahoma…Sly Herman, aka Thalion!

  • 314 Lisa // May 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I grew up next to a small dairy farm and my dad used to take my sister and I over there to wander around the fields while he chatted with the crazy farmer. Technically I have spent time on a farm, but I never actually worked on one, unless, of course you count taking care of my chickens. We’re not a farm yet but we can always dream.

  • 315 amanda // May 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    yarn csa… brilliant. i haven’t lived on a farm but i aim to change that in the future.

  • 316 jennifer // May 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

    so fun! i wish we could meet the sheep! i feel lucky to have married a boy who grew up on a farm. we’ve been to his aunt and uncles farm and it’s such a different life then a city/suburban kid grew up with. i was able to start my first garden last summer and i love it!

  • 317 Allie // May 23, 2011 at 10:42 am

    That is so cool! Does four-wheeling without a helmet (or an adult anywhere close by) on a friend’s farm count? I also snuggled up to the one million barn cats.

  • 318 Jessica // May 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    this sounds awesome! My grandfather owns a farm and I grew up visiting it. They grew tobacco when my Dad was little, and they have a few hundred head of beef cattle now. But the thing I remember most from my childhood was when he decided to try bunny farming. There apparently wasn’t a market for pet bunnies in the area and I eneded up taking one home almost everytime I visited. My mom was NOT pleased!

  • 319 Kristi // May 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I haven’t spent much time on a farm – just a few afternoons when I was young. I remember loving all of the animals roaming around!

  • 320 Kristen // May 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    No real farm experience except feeding the horses on the farm across from my grandparents when visiting. I still wear farmer overalls and a straw hat when out in the garden…does that count? tehehe

  • 321 Anna // May 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I can’t really say I’ve spent time on a farm. I’m growing a tiny garden in my apartment, and that already feels like enough farming for me. My husband and I do want to grow more veggies and have animals when we have a house, but I’m really not a farm girl.

  • 322 Tia // May 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Oh CSA dream come true! I have never been on a farm, sadly. But my plan is to have one in the near future…

  • 323 pamela // May 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

    amazing! i’ve never lived on a farm but i visit many of them with our slow food group, and with friends who own them. so dreamy! (plus lots of hard work).

  • 324 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I first went to a small farm in my mid-20s. The family had a turkey, some goats, and a bunch of chickens. The turkey was pretty fiesty and the goats were very sweet. I now have my own little mini-farm (not really, just chickens) and get to throw around hay!

  • 325 zzipper // May 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Loving the idea of a yarn CSA! I used to spend time on a friend’s family farm when I was a kid. I love the idea of growing my own food – so I’m starting small on my patio.

  • 326 seedless grape // May 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Ooh, I love this giveaway! I’ve visited farms a few times, but never lived on one. Polyface Farms in Virginia (mentioned in the Omnivore’s Dilemma) was the most recent farm I visited and it was a real treat. They have very friendly pigs!

  • 327 Theresa // May 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Oh yea, I spent lots of time at my Granny’s farm in Ga. She had hogs, chickens, huge garden, and lots of work lol! Her and Papaw built that house when they first got married at 17 years old. Loved sleeping in that home made feather bed, under that tin roof during thunderstorms! I hated her geese, mean, mean, mean! Chased me all the time. But, they kept snakes out of the yard and garden and away from the hen houses.

  • 328 Lisa F // May 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Most time I’ve spent on a working farm were a couple of long weekends at a small cattle farm in Canada at branding time. As I do eat meat (and even if I didn’t) it was quite an experience to see the neighbors and extended family come together for this yearly ritual. Parts of it were rather harsh, but eye opening to see and participate what’s involved to keep a small, organic, free range cattle farm healthy and sustainable.

  • 329 Heather // May 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I have not spent time on a farm, but I had a friend growing up who raised a sheep for her 4H project, so I learned how to shear them! That was cool!
    I would love love love this yarn!

  • 330 Kathleen // May 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I spent a lot of time on my father’s friend’s farm growing up–I was quite the fan of the farm dogs and chickens!

  • 331 Cait // May 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    YARN CSA! This is my new favorite idea ever.

    I actually worked on a fiber farm one summer, and I’m never going to like llamas for anything other than their fur, I tell you what. (My sister’s college had a working farm the students ran- complete with their own sausage, mushrooms, and canning kitchen. That was pretty impressive.)

  • 332 Laura Sheard // May 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Why, yes! My father grew up on a farm, and I used to spend my summers there when I was a kid.

  • 333 Stacie // May 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hooray! I spent some childhood vacation time on my cousin’s farm. It was great to explore the barns and visit with all the animals.

  • 334 Leigh // May 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I love Juniper Moon! I follow that blog religiously!

    I spent some time on a farm last summer. It wasn’t really a livestock farm, it was a hardwood farm. Much, MUCH more boring than an actual farm. It’s not very fun watching trees grow….

  • 335 Jennifer June // May 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Wow. What a wonderful prize. I’ve spent no time on a farm… I worked at a pet store in high school. Exotic noisy fun critters, who seldom earned their keep.

  • 336 Christy // May 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I live on a small farm in Oklahoma and I love it. My husband and I are working on building our dream retirement home. A small farm with our hobbies for fun. We want to live our dreams …

  • 337 Kate // May 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I grew up with horses, donkeys, mules and pigs- does that count? We also had regular animals like dogs, cats and for a while, a turtle.

  • 338 Emy // May 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Both of my grandfathers were farmers – one after he retired from the army (cattle in Texas), and the other I think always had animals. He was a minister with 5 kids, so keeping livestock & hunting was almost necessary to keep food on the table.

  • 339 BeccakBecca // May 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Yes! I have spent time on a farm. My best friend in high school lived on a dairy farm. All my friends would have sleepovers at her house and help with chores. We thought it was FUN to hang out with the cows!

  • 340 Sheila // May 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

    What a wonderful prize! I grew up in rural Southern Ontario surrounded by farms. My brothers worked on our neighbours dairy farm and so I spent quite a lot of time there. Then my daughters took riding lessons for a number of years and my oldest worked in the stable all through her high school years so I spent time there as well. I love horse barns especially on a cold winter’s morning when the horses are hungry for their breakfast. The soft nickers and occasional whinny would make my day. Sadly the farm was sold for development and is now a subdivision. I really miss going to the stable.

    Thanks for holding such a wonderful contests and good luck to everyone!

  • 341 Karen // May 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    My dad and grandparents, etc were farm folks but I’ve never had the opportunity to spend time on a real, working farm. They were all city dwellers when I landed on this planet. I have had the pleasure of test knitting a pattern made with some fabulously yummy Juniper Moon Farms yarn and I visit Susie’s site regularly. pick me! pick me!!

  • 342 daisywheels // May 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

    only to pick strawberries and pumpkins.

  • 343 Carry // May 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I spent every summer from the time I was 8 until I was 18 on my grandparent’s farm in ND. They didn’t have sheep though. Pigs, chickens and a cow. My grandpa was more of an agricultural farmer. My uncle who lived just 10 miles from them had horses and was a rodeo clown, so I got to work with them as well. So many happy memories!

  • 344 KC // May 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I am proud to state that I am an American Farmer. Rain, snow, sleet, humidity, scorching sun …… I am working with my family on our sheep farm. Many folks don’t realize how much effort goes into farming, so the yarn CSA share is a true prize! Sheep are generally care-free animals, but there is alot of work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ –> the fields need to be plowed and planted to ensure that the animals have nutritious food when the bitter cold winter sets in, or should a summer drought occur, we must assure that we have enough hay stored from the previous year to feed the animals. While it is very hard work (farming is not for the glamorous) — the benefits are too numerous to count — but watching the newborn lambs coming into this world is the very best part of my farming experience.

  • 345 Michelle // May 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I love watching the Juniper Moon blog! I grew up on my grandparent’s farm, more or less, a rural house with several gardens, a small orchard, and a bunch of chickens. When I was nine, they took me to my uncle’s ranch in Montana, and I got to see what a *real* farm was like!

  • 346 salena // May 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, but we joined a CSA this year so I hope to spend some time volunteering there!

  • 347 Michele // May 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    OMG! This is an AMAZING gift!!!!!Yarn CSA’s are the BEST! My husband’s family lived on a ranch when we met. So many lovely memories :) Riding horses, calving season, feedings twice a day…..

  • 348 Flora // May 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    No farm time, although I do love baby goats!

  • 349 Mags // May 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    A yarn CSA? Come on, that’s just awesome. I’ve never spent any significant time on a farm, but some of the farmers in the area are great about letting visitors drop by for a picnic, check in on the horses and baby chicks, etc.

  • 350 Jessica // May 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I would love to win! I haven’t spent any real quality time on farms (not counting day trips for school field trips etc.) though my grandparents had something that borders between being a very large garden and a very small farm, so I grew up reaping the rewards of home-grown corn, potatoes, etc.

  • 351 Samantha // May 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    One of my mom’s best friends was married to a dairy farmer. We spent a lot of time on that farm growing up. It was wonderful, but I’m still nervous around cows.

  • 352 Mary // May 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I spent 18 years on the farm! My Daddy was an apple grower but we also had cattle, sheep and geese. I loved driving the tractor but not picking itchy okra in the garden! Juniper Moon Farm yarn is so wonderful, I hope I win!

  • 353 Rebecca // May 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I do love this farm ;0). Never spent tome on a farm but have swung by a few over my lifetime. Daydream of my own…modeled after Juniper Moon of course.

  • 354 Cindy // May 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I spent quite a bit of my childhood/teen years on farms. We lived on a couple of different farms but did not farm ourselves other than very large gardens and the periodic pet calf or duck or goose. My grandparents farmed until I was in high school so I helped “slop the pigs”, feed the cows. One time we lived on a farm where the farmer kept sheep. They can be quite mean and territorial!

  • 355 Angie // May 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Oh I would love to spend some time on a farm, but I have never had the chance. Maybe someday!

  • 356 Rachel // May 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I’ve sadly not ever spent a great deal of time on a farm, though I’d love to try it out for a few weeks in the summer or something like that.

    I do have daydreams of having a few fibery critters though :) And I would go crazy to win a CSA share in this CSA!!!

  • 357 Word Lily // May 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

    My grandparents lived on a farm until last year; many family vacations, growing up, were spent on the farm. :)

  • 358 Elisa // May 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Yarn? YES!
    The only time I get to spend on a farm is the weekly drive to get our raw milk. But I’d have a couple acres, some goat, some chickens, and some homegrown food if the opportunity availed itself.

  • 359 Beth C. // May 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I grew up on a farms. My great-grandmother had one in Oklahoma, where I milked the goats, fed the catfish and the cows…and my grandparents and my dad have a cranberry farm, and always had assorted animals (dogs, horses, etc.). I miss that life…

  • 360 Linda // May 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I’m the granddaughter of Iowa farmers who grew up in the suburbs. My fondest memories are of days spent at the farm.

  • 361 Amy // May 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Great giveaway, love the idea of a yarn CSA. I’m having a giveaway myself today…

  • 362 Rose // May 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, though I am a big fan of people who do. Fiber farming seems like it would be more up my alley than attempting to be a food producer, but I still shudder to think of the 24-hour on call lifestyle.

  • 363 Gillian // May 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

    WOW, what a great prize! Holy Yarn!

    As a city kid, probably the only time I’ve really spent on a farm that I recall is visiting Riverdale Farm in Toronto. I remember going as a kid and loving the baby piglets!

  • 364 Erin L // May 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’ve spent a bit of time at farms, but not enough. I really want my kids to experience farm life. It’s so different from our suburban subdivision.

  • 365 kelly // May 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I grew up in a very green part of NJ (yes, there are green parts of NJ!) and my family always went to area farms where you pick-your-own stuff. We had all kinds of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and would can and freeze huge quantities to last into the winter. There is just nothing like it.

  • 366 Robin // May 23, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Oooh, I’d love a chance to win a share of yummy yarn! I’m headed over to Juniper Moon right now to salivate over yarn porn as well as lamb and sheep photos.

    Hmmm, I’ve been getting questions about what I want for my birthday…

  • 367 Kim // May 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’ve been to many a zoo petting farm, if that counts… ;)

  • 368 Natalia // May 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’ve spent some time in a farm when I was a child… but not now really :(

  • 369 kristen // May 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I used to volunteer on a goat farm! A little old lady had pet goats and needed help with milking and cleaning. :0)

  • 370 aubrey // May 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I’ve never spent any significant time on a farm. It would probably be good for me – I’m so soft and citified.

  • 371 Marsha // May 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I lived on a Swiss dairy farm for a year.

  • 372 Miranda E. // May 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    When I was little I used to spend time at my second cousin’s dairy farm. I loved running around in the barns, seeing the calves, and playing ‘kick the can’ in the corn fields when it got dark. They also kept chickens, I was there once when they slaughtered a few of them… ruined the whole rest of the visit for me. :(

  • 373 Heather in Ohio // May 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I’ve never been to a farm, but I think I would enjoy visiting one!

  • 374 Tracy // May 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’m a city girl originally, but now that we live in rural upstate NY, my kids are friends with lots of people who live on farms. I’m glad they’re getting this opportunity to spend time on all sorts of different farms!

  • 375 Elana // May 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    (I’m not entering, as I’ve won a share already in another raffle)

    LOVE Juniper Moon! Susie is amazing, and the whole community who has come up around the farm is so inspiring. Whoever wins this, you’re a lucky thing…you get so much more than just fiber!

  • 376 Melissa // May 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What a great give-away!

    We spend lots of time at the local farm (and farm stand) all summer long. Already getting our rhubarb there!

  • 377 Kirsten // May 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Absolutely, I have spent time on a farm especially as I grew up in Kansas. I was back visiting one of my parents’ friends in Kansas in September and got to spend time helping them feed all of the horses.

    Having a farm is a lot of work!

  • 378 Quynh // May 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I’ve worked at The Herbfarm in Woodinville, not the restaurant but their farm growing the vegetables, herbs and taking care of the animals. It was great fun. I was there for two years.

  • 379 Abril // May 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    What an awesome gift! Maybe one day I’ll be able to pay for it myself, meanwhile I’ll keep my fingers crossed ;-)

  • 380 Beverly Allen // May 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    My dad was a farm manager in California. I lived on a cotton farm in Central California from 1942 until I married in 1950. I learned to knit in the sixth grade , making afghan squares for the Red Cross. In high school my mother bought me a kit to make socks and asked me to figure out the heel and toe instructions so I could help her. I felt like a big wheel to learn something and then teach my mother to read the instructions at age 16. Many socks, sweaters and afghans later I still knit at age 80. Beve
    Beve

  • 381 Amy // May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    “Have you ever spent time on a farm?” A significant amount of time on an actual farm? No. But I grew up and am living in ‘farm country.’ And a CSA for yarn!? Fantastic! I’m already envious of whoever wins this.

    Thank you for an interesting and informative website!

  • 382 Hannah Moore // May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve never stayed at a farm, but I did volunteer at one for a little while and it was a lot of fun. I love farm work. Yes, it hurts my back, but it is awesome being outside all day smelling the dirt and plants:)
    I would love to win this giveaway as I am a new knitter always in need of good yarn.

  • 383 Liz J in Central Illinois // May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My first husband was a farmer, and I lived on a farm for 7-1/2 years. Our nearest human neighbors were a mile away, and our closest neighbors were cows. Our house was surrounded by cornfields. I can’t say I miss it – - or him for that matter! – - but really don’t mind living in the country. My present husband and I live in a rural setting now, and it’s great! Guess it just takes being with the right person! :)

  • 384 Marie // May 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    My dad is a veterinarian, and I used to go with him to all the farms when I was young. We lived in New Zealand before moving back to the States in the late seventies, so I have experience and memories of the farms of two different countries. I loved spending the time with my dad, he would tell me everything (and I mean EVERYthing) about what he was doing, and I learned a lot about farming and biology. I miss those times.

  • 385 Hillary // May 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Drool. What an amazing giveaway (again). I have never really spent time on a farm but have helped do a few things here and there over the years. Hay for the horses – sure. Collect chicken eggs – no problem.

  • 386 Eileen Gartland // May 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Believe it or not, I have never spent time on a farm!

  • 387 Brandi // May 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I have never spent time on a farm, but my mother grew up on one.

  • 388 jessie // May 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    what an amazing giveaway!!! Not much of a farm girl, but I try my best to support my local farmers.

  • 389 sarah // May 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I do like yarn.

  • 390 Madeleine // May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    too cool! My aunt and uncle live on family farm land in Maine. When I was young, I always associated farms with the smell of poop! And amazing berries, corn chowder, and not using the dishwasher my grandmother bought them (despite having five kids).

  • 391 Tanya // May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I used to spend a lot of time on my Grandma’s small farm. He had chickens & pigs and loads of veggies. I realize now that even though I didn’t love being outside, I loved my grandpa dearly and this was the one of the only ways I got spend time with him.

  • 392 hikerlola // May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I have a veggie garden, does that count? Probably not.

  • 393 ally // May 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I used to visit my uncle’s farm on the outskirts of my small rural wisconsin town. He had sheep and steer and lots of cats with wonky eyes and chickens. I used to ride on the tractor with him, which is one of my fondest memories of my uncle who has now passed away.

    I have been wanting to be a part of that csa for a long time! I hope I win, I hope I win!!!

  • 394 Erin // May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I would love to win this yarn. I’ve never lived on a farm, but I’ve spent time on several friends’ ranches. Very cool.

  • 395 Virginia // May 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Oh, I’d love to win the yarn share! My grandmother grew up on a farm, and when I was growing up, her nephew ran the farm. I loved to visit. For some reason, silos always seem romantic to me. NOW I love anything having to do with fiber livestock

  • 396 Janice F. // May 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I worked on a farm after college. There was a lot of mowing. And peach-picking.

  • 397 Julie // May 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Both sets of my grandparents were farmers and I was in 4-h… so even though I didn’t grow up on a farm I spent enough time on one to feel a little bit like a farmer.

  • 398 Shana // May 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    This is so cool! We just signed up for a regular CSA, I’d never imagined a wool CSA!
    I grew up on a mini-farm, we even had sheep at one point, but for meat, not wool. They escaped from their pasture constantly and my dad vowed never to raise them again.

  • 399 auntiemichal // May 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve only visited farms for the purpose of shopping; my grandmother had a small wheat ranch when we were children, and we were there harvest a couple of times. Oooh, knitting is “my thing” and I would love some CSA yarn!

  • 400 karen // May 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I live on our family farm. We’ve got pygmy goats, chickens, and a peahen. We used to have hair sheep (not wooly), but they weren’t friendly and we opted to stick with goats!

  • 401 Patricia // May 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I dated a goat farmer in high school. Does that count? ;)

  • 402 Kenzie // May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I grew up on a farm actually! Although it was a fruit farm, and the only livestock we had were ducks (for the eggs).

  • 403 Sophie // May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    When I was in 7th grade I spent some time on a farm in northern Ohio in Amish country, it was so peaceful!

  • 404 Wylie // May 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway! I have visited Juniper Farm’s website, and the yarn is beautiful. Sadly, I’ve never spent time on a farm. We are hoping to get chickens this year, however!

  • 405 Beth S. // May 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    My very 1st job ever(I think I was 12 or 13) was on a small horse farm/stable on Nantucket Island. I mucked stalls, cleaned out hooves, washed and brushed the horses and came home smelling like manure every night. But it was such a great summer. They didn’t even ‘pay’ me, I got free riding lessons instead….it totally worked for me!!!

  • 406 Christina R. // May 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Only a little bit.

    But we have plans for a small farm of our own when my husband retires from the military in another dozen years or so!

  • 407 Jenn // May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I love farms! Most of my experience comes from visiting them to get fresh eggs (yum!) and other produce-alas, no relatives own one. I would love to stay at one & hang out with the animals. The Yarn CSA sounds amazing–I’ve never heard of that before today!

  • 408 Ali // May 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I took a semester off from college and worked on an organic farm in Vermont. It was truly the most wonderful experience–picking raspberries from our backyard and getting the freshest eggs from our odd host of chickens. I miss the home-spun yarn I would buy at the weekly farmers’ markets. nothing like seeing where your products come from, and it surely is hard in the city!

  • 409 sarah r. // May 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    not more than an hour so berry picking or whatever, but i sure wish i had!

  • 410 Jen L // May 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I haven’t spent a lot of time on a farm – but I clearly remember a visit to my cousin’s boyfriend’s (now husband’s) family’s dairy farm in western PA. There were cute little kittens only a few weeks old!

  • 411 Jen R // May 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Nope….I’m definitely a city girl!

  • 412 Connie // May 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I have some precious memories of my Grandpa Rider’s farm near Paris, Arkansas.

  • 413 Melissa H // May 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I have a riding lesson every wednesday at a beautiful horse farm on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. :)

  • 414 dawn // May 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I grew up in Iowa and spent a lot of time at my uncles’ farms. If they couldn’t find me anywhere, they always knew to look in the hen house where I was inevitably holding baby chicks…

  • 415 Karli // May 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    not a significant amount, but the more settled my husband and I become, the more it seems like we’re making a farm of our own. Small garden to a large garden to chickens, to…. who knows!

  • 416 Julie // May 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    What a wonderfully awesome giveaway! I never did spend time on a farm — other than an hour or two here and there.

  • 417 Michelle S // May 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I spent some time on my aunt and uncle’s farm and my friend’s family’s farm when I was younger. Now the closest I’ve come to farming is my little vegetable garden in my backyard.

  • 418 Sara // May 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    My aunt and uncle live on a century farm in Iowa – we never spent more than a few days every few years there but the farm feels like home, even now.

  • 419 ashlee // May 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    growing up, we would visit my great-uncle’s small farm from time to time, but I never stayed there for more than an afternoon. I wish I had more farm experience though, now that I have a huge garden, chickens and really want to get some goats.

  • 420 kate c. // May 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    My dad went from designing computer software for home builders to raising dairy goats. Unfortunately for me, the transition came shortly after I left for college. I currently live with my fella and our six kids in Virginia, but we would love to return to California in the near future in order to join the family business! We absolutely love our time there.

    This is a fantastic giveaway; I didn’t even know that such a CSA existed! So excited!

  • 421 wendy // May 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I did a weekend away at a lovely organic farm in Mendocino county, and we also used to spend time walking all over a semi-urban farm in Massachusetts. Yay for farms and yarns.

  • 422 Barbara S. // May 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t think I have been on a farm, unless I did when I was little and don’t remember it now.
    I wish I could have made it to the Shearing Day at Juniper Moon Farm, my daughter would have loved it!

  • 423 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I love the idea of a yarn CSA! We used to go to a family friend’s farm every summer when I was little. I have great memories of horse riding and climbing on tractors!

  • 424 Jamie // May 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    GREAT giveaway. I’ve spent some time on a few hobby farms and too an ecological agriculture class in college. Ever since then, I’ve wanted my own farm. If only my husband felt the same way!

  • 425 tirzah // May 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I spent three years on my grandfather’s berry farm as a child.

  • 426 Elysa // May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    As a kid, there was a pumpkin farm right across the street from the development I grew up in. Every fall the neighborhood would get together to pick pumpkins and every winter we would curse the field mice invading the houses to escape the cold.

    The land is now a subdivision, but I still remember picking those pumpkins every fall.

  • 427 karina // May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    oh gosh! I lived on a defunct chicken farm for the first few years of my life in eastern TN. it was my great grandfathers. there weren’t any chickens there, though – not that I could remember anyway.

  • 428 adrienne // May 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I grew up in a small town and lots of my friends’ families farmed.

  • 429 elena // May 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    my dad’s family has a sheep farm….i spent a little time there as a kid and loved it.

  • 430 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I don’t think I have, but I would certainly enjoy an extended visit working on one.

  • 431 Christy // May 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve never heard of this – what an awesome idea!

  • 432 Lori // May 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Have bought 2 shares over the years, not sure whether the budget will allow a third spring clip.
    Hope i win.

  • 433 Deana // May 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Sadly, I’m a city slicker. I have never spent any time on a farm but I’m willing to bet I would love it given the chance to be on one.

  • 434 Molly // May 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I would visit my uncle’s farm as a child. At the same time, my cousins would go home with my parents and visit my city home. It was great fun to play outside by the barn and fields!

  • 435 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Farm livin’ is the life for me. I grew up on one, moved away to live on another one, and miss the experience every day now that I’m in the city.

  • 436 Katy // May 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I apparently spent a couple years on a farm, but I don’t remember a bit of it! From the time I was born until I was about 2, my parents were tenant farmers in Virginia, and we have pictures of me as a little tyke hanging out with a giant bull.

  • 437 Faith // May 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I have only been on farms on field trips as a child. But this yarn and the farm it’s from sound wonderful.

  • 438 Veronica // May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I have some family members who live in the country and have animals, but I wouldn’t co sided them true farms. I would love to win this!

  • 439 Laura J // May 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve spent time visiting farms. Many of my high school friends lived on them

  • 440 Liz // May 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    My friend started a CSA farm in northwest PA last year and I got to visit it in the fall. It was such a wonderful feeling to be in such a healthy and productive environment. She was very proud to show me all her hard work and I was proud to know her!

  • 441 Jenny K // May 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I lived on a farm until I was 4 y.o., but I really don’t remember much. According to my mother, it had no electricity or running water. I’ve been following JMF, and was in the CSA the first year. Really nice yarn.

  • 442 Hanna // May 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I’ll be living on a farm in TN this summer! The yarn would be great to knit up in the evenings.

  • 443 Starlene // May 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I used to spend my summers at horse camp which was actually a working ranch! My dream is to live on either a farm or ranch.

  • 444 MJ // May 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Oh! I’ve been waiting for THE birthday giveaway on your site and I believe this is it. This is fantastic!

    I haven’t been to a farm, but I’ve been to stables, beekeepers, and orchards many, many times. At some point I want to try WOOFFing but for now a csa and fabulous yarn would be great.

  • 445 Anji // May 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    What a fantastic CSA idea! Days going out for U-picks and pumpkin picking are my farms days. Looking forward to them this summer.

  • 446 oma // May 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    we lived on my uncle’s farm for a summer and i got to have a pet bunny. best summer ever.

  • 447 Courtney // May 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I spent a wonderful week in Rice, WA at the Quillisascut Farm as part of a scholarship I won in culinary school. They make their living by selling goat cheese made from the little ladies they milk on the farm. It was an amazing week where everything that we ate came from the farm or was bartered for from a nearby farm. It was a very inspiring place to be. My husband is actually heading out there at the end of June for a hearth breads workshop…I’m super jealous.

    The yarn CSA would be the perfect incentive to start knitting again!

  • 448 jasmine // May 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    What a great CSA! I went to a high school which was a working farm. We had a vegetable garden, a cranberry bog, chickens, and a goat. We worked to run part of the school with a windmill and there was a small pond to fish or canoe about in! I miss the big farm house kitchen full of faculty and students warming by the woodstove in the dead of winter!

  • 449 Erin // May 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    What a great giveaway! I’m just starting to craft and create – CSA sounds like a place to visit.

  • 450 stephanie m // May 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I would love to visit a farm like Juniper Moon! We have been to a few farms nearby but nothing quite like this. There is a historic farm just outside of my town that lets the kiddos help with farm chores on weekends.

  • 451 Brooke // May 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Oh man- a yarn CSA? That is freakin’ genius!

    I grew up in a semi-rural area, so farms and orchards were just part of the neighborhood. My favorite part was the llamas.. they are just the cutest things.

    Here’s hopin’!

  • 452 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    The only time I can remember spending on a farm was when I was in Kindergarten (21 years ago!) for a field trip. We got to milk cows and feed goats. :) I love farms and hope to spend real time on one someday.

  • 453 Stephanie S // May 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I have only ever visited a farm, never spent any long length of time on one. I’d give this to a knitter friend of mine, she’d love it!

  • 454 Ashley // May 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I live on a farm – in fact, it’s time to go milk the cows. We grow a big garden, keep honey bees, laying hens, and of course, have milk cows – Jerseys to be specific. What we don’t have are fiber animals – hence my desire for a share in Juniper Moon’s harvest.

  • 455 k // May 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Does an orchard count? ‘Cause my grandparents lived right next to one, and we spent a lot of time there.

  • 456 Sara Youwish // May 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Yep. I love farms and ranches.

    In theory I think I would love running farm but I do wonder if I have what it would take.

  • 457 Blendab1 // May 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    My grandfather had a farm and I fondly remember walking through the fields checking out all the vegetables he would grow and then playing with the baby piglets even though I found the whole pig pen disgusting!
    I dream of my own farm someday so that I could raise Alpaca’s!

  • 458 suzy // May 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    The area I live in used to be a large sheep and dairy farm area. Now sadly it has filled up with residences. I don’t miss the flies, but I do miss the animals and farmers who were in our neighborhood.

  • 459 Lynn // May 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Oooo, awesomem giveaway.

    As a spinner, this is very tempting.

  • 460 Amanda // May 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I grew up in Vermont and one of our class trips was to a dairy farm to watch a calf be born. It was quite the experience!

  • 461 Mary Ann in Vermont // May 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I am in Vermont and would so *love* to win and would so feel so honored to win and share this with loved ones.

  • 462 Carolyn // May 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Yay, yarn!

    The closest I’ve been to a farm is my grandfather’s house. He has an immense garden on a large property, so I grew up running around and visiting the neighbor’s donkeys. The garden has gotten smaller as he gets older, but we still look forward to fresh veggies and fruit every year.

  • 463 Lisa // May 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I’d love a share! My mother grew up on a farm, so we spent a lot of time there with my Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, and cousins. Lots of fun playing in the barn with the cats, and spending summer picking huge strawberries and muscadine grapes.

  • 464 lindsay // May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    my grandparents had a flower farm which was tons of fun. we spent summers there when i was a kid. lots of running in the fields and kicking over ant hills. =)

  • 465 Sherri S. // May 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve wanted to get in on this CSA for some time (budgetary restraints, alas). Those lamb faces!!! I did spend time on a farm: my great-grandmother had a little truck farm in Kentucky–she did it all, raised veggies, had her own cow, and lots of chickens. It was my job to feed them and gather eggs. To this day, my heart thrills when I hear a chicken! Thanks for the lovely lovely giveaway.

  • 466 Out2lunch // May 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I went to a school that was surrounded by sheep pastures, and I took horseback riding lessons as a kid, but other than that….

  • 467 Donnell // May 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I have never spent any appreciable time on a farm but as a child I spent a lot of time on a ranch. They had lots of sheep. I’ve even watched a few sheep shearings.

  • 468 Nomie // May 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Yarn CSA? Genius!

    I grew up in an area with a lot of farms – dairy, tobacco, and produce. And we had lots of field trips to the local U’s farm and its animal sciences program. Better than a petting zoo!

  • 469 Lori N. // May 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I would be thrilled to win a share! I volunteer at our current veggie/fruit CSA and enjoy it very much.

  • 470 Paige // May 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I volunteer regularly for the University of Washington Farm! (http://students.washington.edu/uwfarm/) We just expanded into a new 3/4 of on acre space and are going to spend the summer developing this new space.

  • 471 Ashley J. // May 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    The only farm I spent time on was the one we went to on a field trip in second grade, but I did go to a university with a large agricultural department so I lived surrounded by farms.

  • 472 Natalie B // May 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    We have ten acres filled with horses, dogs, children, chickens, rabbits, 4H market goats, and a hedgehog. I really want a wool ewe, so that my ever-curious 4H daughters–who are knitters–can raise their own yarn for knitting.

  • 473 Taleah // May 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve never spent a lot of time on a farm, although in another life I’m sure I grew up on one! I love animals, and country living and the stars at night… :)

  • 474 Michelle R // May 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve spent time on JMF – as a farmstay guest, at shearings, and as a friend just visiting! My English relatives had a farm we spent some time at when I was young – they had the most adorable piglets and puppies we loved playing with.

  • 475 Emily // May 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I used to love spending time on my grandparents’ farms as a child. Best part- getting to ride the lawnmower with grandma. Also loved the barn cats.

  • 476 Jane from Maryland // May 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I love farms! I have a great memory of my grandpa’s farm when I was a kid, hogs and all. He grew tomatoes,and we would eat them still warm from the sun. He loved being a farmer, despite his college education. It kept him happy! I have a great memory of picking strawberries one summer- nothing on earth smells as good as that field.

  • 477 Erin // May 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I used to spend time at my aunt and uncle’s farm. I wish I had one.

  • 478 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    my grandparents were farmers. so many fond childhood memories, and weekend stays.

  • 479 Brady // May 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I grew up on my grandparents’ farm and mill is. We’re looking to buy one really soon though so I can raise my kids on it too…

  • 480 anna // May 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    i live in a farming community (lots of wheat fields and vineyards). hoping to one day have a mini farm…

  • 481 K // May 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    The closest I get to a farm every year is the NH state fair. It’s incredible seeing the animals, tractors and giant pumpkins up close.

  • 482 Julie // May 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    There’s a tiny produce farm in San Diego that used to host Corgi meetups. I’d take my corgi and wander around, though we stayed away from the main growing area, and never talked about farming. I’d love to visit more!

  • 483 Dawn Richardson // May 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I live in Vermont. “Summer Camp” here usually entails being a farm slave for two weeks.

  • 484 Amy P // May 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    One week of each summer was spent on the farm of some family friends. It was always such an adventure!

  • 485 Kendra // May 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Farming is in the family tree, but alas, our only claim to working the earth is a few garden plots in our yard. Future dreams do include urban chickens and bee keeping. Thanks to all the farms and farmers out there! We would be pretty hungry (and cold) without you :)

  • 486 Kate // May 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Aside from visiting a dairy farm in grade school, I’ve never spent any time on a farm…although, my neighbours kept chickens and a rooster for a couple of years, so I’m familiar with being woken up at all hours by Mr. Cockadoodledoo.

  • 487 Nikole // May 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I grew up in the country with some animals and a garden. The only tractor was to move snow though.

  • 488 Linda // May 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I spent a little time visiting my aunt’s sheep farm in England. It was a very small farm, very peaceful, and she had an amazing group of exotic hens with beautiful eggs.

  • 489 Lucía // May 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I loved growing up on a farm… it was the best childhood I could wish for, spent in contact with nature and learning about it from my parents (both agronomic engineers).

  • 490 Fran // May 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    What a fun giveaway! I grew up in the city but I’ve visited farms!

  • 491 Maureen J (mljan) // May 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Fantastic give away. It’s a wonderful blog and a great group of people.

  • 492 cindy c. // May 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve picked my own apples, pumpkins, and berries on farms and belonged to an organic fruit/veggie CSA. But a yarn CSA would be even better…

  • 493 diana // May 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    never — but i would like to visit one!

  • 494 Jennie // May 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    What a generous giveaway!

    I was always the city kid on my grandparents’ Iowa farm growing up. They didn’t have any animals; they just raised corn and soybeans. They call the deer that roam the farm their “livestock,” though, and they try to make sure they don’t get near the highway.

  • 495 Anna // May 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I’ve never spent much time on a farm but I want to SO. BAD.

  • 496 Sarah // May 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Wow. What an amazing offer. I lived on a farm for two years doing an apprenticeship; then I went to grad school and worked on a farm for another three as part of my studies. I hope to get back on the farm some day, maybe.

  • 497 K8 // May 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I had a friend whose family had sheep, so I spent many days around a farm.

  • 498 Stephanie // May 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    wow – this sounds awesome.

    my aunt and uncle had a farm in ne washington, and as kids my sister and i went there to hang out with our cousins for a week or two one summer. we still look back on all our time there with great fondness…something so nice about being out of the city.

  • 499 HeatherH // May 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I grew up on a farm and not a day goes by where I don’t miss …especially the friendships that I developed at that time in my life! Best breakfast ever- homemade blackberry jam, fresh bread and fresh eggs! You had to do some work to make that happen but that is probably what made it taste so good! Life on a farm builds unique creativity in your heart!

  • 500 Steph N // May 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Oh, that looks so wonderful! Unless you count tree farms (of which the family owns one), I’ve spent very little time on farms.

  • 501 Heather // May 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve never spent any time on a real farm. I do, however, refer to our tiny urban garden as our “farmlet.”

  • 502 Jennie // May 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    WOW! I love JMF… I was actually there for their shearing day last week – so much fun! There is also a farm that I volunteer for every month or two; I was there this weekend planting raspberries.

  • 503 Kim // May 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Have not spent time on an official farm… although, I used to live a mile away from a commercial pig farm (ugh–terrible!).

  • 504 daily coyote // May 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    What an awesome giveaway.

    Yes ~ I live on a farm! My dairy cow, Daisy, is going to have her baby any day now ~ and then I’ll be back to milking everyday. Cannot wait. I love milking, and really love the milk, cream, butter, yogurt and kefir! Yum.

  • 505 annelise // May 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Only once—when my family went to visit friends who had a beautiful goat farm in Canada

  • 506 Erin // May 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    This is such a fun give away! A friend from school lived on an organic farm, sometimes we would visit for the weekend. It was wonderful!

  • 507 margo // May 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    visited a petting farm. never stayed on a farm.

  • 508 LisaAnn Young // May 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve spent plenty of time on a ranch, but never on a farm. I would love to however!

  • 509 absolut_goddess // May 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    My parents have a farm and, man, farming is a lot of work! But when I was little my cousins and I would visit my grandparents farm and get up early in the morning and go out in our pajamas to see the sheep come out of the barn. Then we’d eat raspberries for breakfast- straight off the canes.

  • 510 Hwin // May 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I was a kid majorly into equestrian sprts, so I spent a fair amount of time on farms as a kid, and now as a knitting and spinning adult, I actively seek out farms. There’s an alpaca farm not too far from me, now that I loooove to go visit- they’re so fluffy and cute.

  • 511 Cheryl // May 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I’m a city girl, but much respect to farm life.

  • 512 Emily Lindberg // May 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I love sheep!

    My farm experience was in January, 2008. My husband and I found out about WWOOF (world wide opportunities on organic farms) from a library book and before we knew it we had transplanted ourselves from freezing Ohio to the hot and wet Big Island of Hawaii (called Hawaii). On the farm we did everything from planting, to weeding, to composting, to harvesting. Working on an organic farm is hard work but it was a very rewarding experience. I recommend to do it at least once in your life.

  • 513 Andie // May 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I’m a city girl, but I did grow up in rural Minnesota, so I think that counts!

  • 514 Laura // May 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    When I was little my grandparents had a small farm. Just chickens, some horses, and a cow. As they got older they gave up the animals, but still live on the small plot of land. Some of my favorite memories are milking that cow with my grandpa.

  • 515 Johanna // May 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    As much as I enjoy city living, I have often dreamed of moving to my own little farm.

    My farm would be a blend of a small working farm, but mostly a place for family. I’ve got it all planned out… I would have fantastic gardens, one for fruits and veg, another for cut flowers and a rose garden for my parents to tend to when my dad retires. I’d want to grow enough food to sustain my husband and my extended family and maybe even donate a bit too. I’d also love to have a chicken coop and beehives and maybe a few goats or sheep. Fresh eggs, honey and beeswax candles and goat’s milk baths! Besides the chickens, goats, and sheep. I think I would need a barn full of cats and maybe a dog or two, which my younger brother with special needs could help feed. And the farm of my dreams would have a modest house with a wrap-a-round porch with rocking chairs, where everyone would relax in at the end of the day.

    In the meantime, my CSA and trips to local farms will have to suffice and I’ll keep dreaming of my own little farm.

  • 516 Suzie // May 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know yarn CSA’s existed! Neat. I’ll keep that in mind.

    My grandpa bred horses and had some chickens and I lived with them for a little while when I was little. My mother wants to have chickens now. So no, I haven’t ever lived on a farm.

  • 517 willa // May 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    ohhh, i love reading this blog and i’ve always wanted to be a CSA member!!

    i have spent some time on farms. i WWOOFed in Hawaii for a year and my grandparents actually had a fiber farm too! they raised sheep and angora goats (plus beef cows, corn and soy beans)

  • 518 Mia // May 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Never spent time on a farm. But this giveaway is amazeballs.

  • 519 Emily // May 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I recently moved back to the east coast after living in Rwanda for two years – the whole place is a farm more or less. Goats in the front yard, patches of sorgum growing here and there. People dont own land for pastures so they just herd their cows here and there to graze. Perhaps a generous definition of ‘farm’.

  • 520 Liz // May 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Does my grandmother’s farm in India count? I spent summers as a kid tormenting the chickens, feeding baby goats, and wading around in rice paddies. Sigh, the memories…

  • 521 Sue // May 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve never spent time on a farm other than the occasional tour, but I love Juniper Moon Farm and would love this prize!

  • 522 Eunice // May 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway- I’m a city slicker through and through, never been on a farm except as a tourist.

  • 523 Emily // May 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Cool! Never lived on a farm, but I’ve visited quite a few over the years.

  • 524 Tasha // May 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    OH. MY. GOD. Would I love to win this!!! I love CSAs. I love to knit (Just finished your version of the cabled toque). And I love to spin.

    But on to the farm. I have not spent time on a farm. But I grew up in northern BC and my parents had chickens and a pig. So, it was farm-ish.

  • 525 Alyson Hinkie // May 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    My favorite time on the farm was in WA with my sister. It was amazing! If I win the yarn, I’d share it with her.

  • 526 Debbie Palmer // May 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    2 days – 1 day at the shearing and 1 day at open farm day. Love the farm. Love the yarn. Would love to win a share.

  • 527 Ana // May 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve visited farms but I’ve never stayed on one. I love CSAs of all kinds, but as a knitter this one is right up my alley! :)

  • 528 Hami // May 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I have never really spent time on a farm, but I frequently have daydreams about having a sheep farm in Iceland.

  • 529 Wendy // May 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I spent a few days when I was a child with my Mother’s extended family’s farm. I will never forget the smell of hay in the barn!

  • 530 Elizabeth // May 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I go to a farm every weekend! I’m lucky to live on the east side of Austin, Texas, where there are 5 urban farms within a mile of my house, and several larger ones within a half hour’s drive. It’s amazing. I get to wander among the fields and pastures and get amazing food and goods, and meet farmers. I love the peace and quiet in the middle of the city.

  • 531 melissa // May 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    what a prize! My grandfather and grandmother lived on a farm, and I spent time there – enough to feed chickens and gather eggs, harvest from the garden, and learn to drive a tractor. And, pull a rotting corn crib out of the middle of a field piece by piece with crowbars and nail pullers. (fun summer that was…)

  • 532 elaine // May 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, that’s quite the prize! Sad to say, I’ve never spent time on a farm.

  • 533 Jessica // May 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I wish I had spent time on a farm, but I’ve always been a city girl.

  • 534 ansley // May 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Ooh, love to have that!

  • 535 Connie // May 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to spend time on a farm. My bf jokes that I was always meant to be a farm girl. Hopefully I will someday! I had never heard of yarn CSAs! That’s such a great idea!

  • 536 Keely // May 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve spent bits of time on farms. Nothing worth writing home about….

  • 537 Jen // May 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I lived in Ohio…that has to count for something. And I go to sheep and wool every year, so I see folks that have spent time on farms….

  • 538 Annie // May 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Spent time on a farm? I live in a small farming community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. lol I practically grew up on farms, not our own, but my friends’ families’. They were fun, and quite interesting. One of the most fun times I had was greasing the pins(?) in a tractor. The tractor had over 25 little knobs that needed greasing/oiling so my best friend and I had the owners manual trying to figure out where they all were. Some were way inside and our skinny arms could just barely get them, lol needless to say we had greasey old oil all over us, up to our shoulders, our faces from laying on the motor, etc. lol It was hilarious afterwards.

    I love the idea of the Yarn CSA! I’m glad more people are getting involved in these things, and thank you for supporting it.

    Annie

  • 539 Evelyn Elaine // May 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I didn’t grow up on a farm but my father did. He grew up on a dairy farm. He is 81 years old now and he still hates cows!

  • 540 Anne // May 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I remember you blogging about these guys when they were still Martha’s Vineyard, and now I’m MUCH more into knitting than I was then! I’ve hardly spent any time on farms, just visits here and there, but I’ve always loved them and am so intrigued by all the outbuildings…

  • 541 Lexie // May 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    This is such a great giveaway! I used to spend summer’s with my Dad in Oregon, and my best friend there worked on her grandparents farm. My clearest memories are refusing to touch the electric fence and walking the two sheep they had one summer for 4H on leashes. Definitely more of a city girl!

  • 542 Breanna // May 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Oh my, such a lovely giveaway. I worked on a farm in Wales and a brewery in Scotland two summers ago. I went with a friend from collage and we WOOFed for these two places. The Welsh one was infinitely better–they took care of their animals better and were much nicer to us. The Scottish beer was very good though.

  • 543 Miranda // May 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I have spent my entire life in the town. I used to dream of having a farm every summer I did 4-H, and I sometimes dream of having a fiber farm. But alas, I’m stuck in academia for now.

  • 544 Jaci // May 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Such a great giveaway idea. I’ve actually never spent time on a farm, but I would most definitely love to someday just for the animals. Maybe one day!

  • 545 Elise // May 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I am a city girl at heart, but my good friend Emilie lives on a farm and I love going to spend time with her. They have cows and lots of barn cats! I love the farm, but getting up early is not my cup of tea! :)

  • 546 Lisa // May 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    My grandparents had a farm. It was beautiful! I remember eating carrots I pulled from their garden and apples picked straight from the tree. But the best was when my grandpa would let me help drive the tractor!

  • 547 Elizabeth // May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve never spent time on a farm, but I’d love to – especially to be around all the animals. This place looks amazing!

  • 548 Jim Wallin // May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Grew up, not on a farm, but on land that used to be part of an upstate New York horse farm. We have visited Susie in NY and Virginia and would love to win a CSA and used the yarn to weave up some great projects.

  • 549 Suzi // May 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    riding the combine
    the grasshoppers fight in vein
    life on a soy farm

    memories from youth
    Americas green patchwork
    farming does us good

  • 550 Jeannine // May 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve never lived on a farm, though my mother gardened all the years she raised us. Some years she’d pull in (with kid labor) several hundred pounds of potatoes, which kept us well into the winter.

  • 551 Brooke S // May 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve spent hours on a farm, but not any quality time.

  • 552 Nicole // May 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    For about 5 years in elementary through middle school, we lived in an old farmhouse next to a pig farm. We got to observe and learn from a distance. It was a great experience.

  • 553 Meghan // May 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I spent my whole adolescence working on a farm–or, technically, a winery, but they raised their own grapes, plus strawberries and asparagus. I started there when I was fourteen and didn’t stop until I was twenty!

    Right now I live in the suburbs, but it’s a long-term goal to get back out into a more rural area and have a little farm of my own.

    I’ve eyeballed Juniper Moon’s CSAs before, but they’ve always been a little out of my price range–this is an amazing opportunity!

  • 554 trefoil // May 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Not a proper farm, but my grandparents had goats and horses and pigs, and my parents have horses and chickens and ducks and geese and turkeys.

    I may buy them an alpaca…

  • 555 Michi // May 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I love yarn! And CSA yarn’s even better.

  • 556 Margaux // May 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I spent a lots of time with friends on ranches growing up. Now it isn’t spring with out seeing the calves in the fields and the chicks at the local feed store.

  • 557 Michi // May 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Whoops, meant to add – I have never spent time on a farm, but I love the thought of farming (theoretically). In reality I’d probably hate it since it’s hard work!

  • 558 nzle // May 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I worked on one for three months, and it was the best summer I’ve ever had.

  • 559 Kristin // May 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Grandma ran the general store in town and had a few acres of family plot. Poppa had farmed a few hundred acres which my parents have since acquired. I was raised a city girl but think I’m mostly a farmgirl who’d love to be let loose with some nice rich dirt!

  • 560 Desi // May 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    After spending a year teaching English abroad, I putzed around Europe for a few months working on organic farms. After a summer spent scything hay, fitting wells with solar pumps, and tending to pampered French alpacas, I moved to New York. I love the city but miss being able to bike to the neighboring dairy farm when I didn’t want to buy milk at the supermarket.

  • 561 Barclay // May 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve never stayed on a farm but I have some serious desire to escape to one from the city some day. Also, I love JMF and have been following them since the Marthas Vineyard days too!

  • 562 Pearliepie // May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The elementary school I went to kept goats and chickens. Well, no- it had a live in groundskeeper (and his wife) and they kept the animals. I loved the goats so, so much. No real farm time though.

  • 563 Kate // May 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I have chickens and they are better than TV. I will be attempting to learn how to shear this spring so I can take the fleece from one of my mom’s sheep and make the best burnt-toast-colored sweater.

    I’ll take time on a farm over time in the city any day.

  • 564 sophia // May 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, that sounds like such a lovely idea! As a city slicker myself, I sadly can’t claim to have spent any time on a farm but I hope to in the near future.

    Also, congrats on 10 yeas of Not Martha–I love your website and delight in seeing new projects and photos each time you update.

  • 565 Rebecca // May 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    What a great give away! I have never spent time on a farm, but I am excited to look into this one a bit more!

  • 566 seth // May 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    i grew up next to a florida cattle farm, playing in the hay loft.

  • 567 Lynn // May 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Never spent any time on a farm…I am a city girl but does as much time as possible in my garden count???

  • 568 JR // May 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Nope, never spent time on a farm… always wanted to! Love my garden, that must count for something. :D

  • 569 Kat // May 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    What an amazing giveaway!
    I am so urbanized it’s not even funny, but I have been on farms briefly for holidays – I stayed with friends of friends in Iceland for a few days last summer, who had sheep and cows. Such a difference to have your breakfast milk come straight from the cow :)
    And there was a famous childhood holiday on a farm in France where my sister and I were scared of everything except the cats…

  • 570 lorraine mabbett // May 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Have you ever spent time on a farm?
    I am a city girl. I have visited an Alpaca Farm and have stunning pictures of the girls (I didn’t like the fact they were bought and kept only for breeding – somehow I think they should be ale to do something else (not that giving birth is nothing but YOUR WHOLE LIFE – think of it – from the time you are thirteen until 53: – almost 30 children YIKES. I’ve gone to the LA County Fair and seen the milking exhibit. I am so citified I didn’t even own Uncle Milties Ant Farm (we were apartment dwellers growing up). I don’t belong to the FB farm game. THanks for this wonderful opportunity. Hope you enjoyed my comments.

  • 571 Rachael K. // May 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I was only ever on a farm to pick up my CSA deliveries. . .

  • 572 Melissa // May 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I have vague memories of being on a farm in Michigan when I was young, but all I remember is a giant horse. A giant, giant horse.

  • 573 Alison // May 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I grew up in VT, so farms were a way of life. Even though I wasn’t raised on one, farms were vital to the recreation and food supply of our family. One of my earliest childhood memories is bottle feeding a Holstein calf who was just hours old.

  • 574 Annemarie // May 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    We spent some time on a hobby farm last summer. The antics of the hens, rooster and sheep kept us entertained for several lazy afternoons.

  • 575 Megan Y // May 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    My uncle owned a pig farm in Iowa, and we used to go there every summer. We didn’t do too much farming, other than ride in the tractor and puck fresh carrots from their garden. It was a ton of fun though!

    I love JMF and would be honored to win a CSA share! Thanks for the chance!

  • 576 Kristin // May 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Oh my, what a prize!
    I grew up on a farm of sorts, really just a homestead/country home. We had (not all at once) sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, turkeys, a big garden, etc. I loved it and have big dreams of living in the country again!

  • 577 Cele // May 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    My sister’s husband had a farm when I was growing up, and we used to spend our summers there. We would have fun with the irrigation, riding tractors, and we would also help when the branded cattle. Branding is not so fun, but it’s less fun for the calves. Astonishingly, they would run off afterward, and a few minutes later it seemed as if they forgot what had happened.

  • 578 fert // May 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    never did spend much time on a farm unless you count the weekend spent in marriage counseling where they had some animals (including what we called the engaged encounter emus)

  • 579 Rachel // May 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I miss living on a farm…I grew up on one and even though we didn’t have sheep I do miss the big open spaces and animals and playing outside all the time!

  • 580 Tina Smith // May 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, i’d love to be all over this one. Squishy fiber.
    No farm work here. Not quite a city girl either tho.

  • 581 E // May 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Never spent much time on farms but the county fairs were mostly livestock so I always got to see plenty of sheep when I went.

  • 582 Sandra // May 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Only kind of–my father’s parents had a farm, but it was small and used for hay…maybe. My mother’s parents had the remnants of a walnut orchard, and it feels more like a farm because of all the fruit trees (and the barn!) even though it’s on a large arterial. I love both places.

  • 583 Christina // May 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Ooh what a lovely giveaway! Can’t say I’ve logged much time on a farm though..

  • 584 Haylie // May 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    shearing day sounds like fun!

  • 585 Safraknit // May 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I used to live in a small town, so I spent time visiting dairy farms. I also lived on a kibbutz for a few months…worked in the hatchery (baby chicks), but never spent much time with sheep.

    What a wonderful prize!

  • 586 Lexi // May 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I have actually live on a farm, so yes, I have spent time on a farm :).

  • 587 Lara // May 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    It wasn’t so much a farm ( no animals), more of a large scale garden, that my grandparents had. The also had a small orchard and although all the fresh veggies were great, what impressed me most is the way my grandmother would whip up a batch of preserves with what she had harvested that morning before I even woke up. She had done it so many times she didn’t need a thermometer or even to particularly pay it much attention as it simmered on the stove.

  • 588 magali // May 24, 2011 at 1:36 am

    this is a really lovely giveaway!

  • 589 Deb Clemens // May 24, 2011 at 2:21 am

    I am a small farmer myself and avid follower of the JMF blog; I was able to attend shearing this year and was just so impressed! I raise angora goats, spinners sheep (a colored flock of jacob cross) and angora rabbits all for fiber; great giveaway and a great site! happy anniversary…

  • 590 Sara // May 24, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Does a ranch count? I have friends with a cattle ranch in Montana. Incredible!!!

  • 591 Laura J // May 24, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I spent my weekends, holidays, and summers on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin- “up north” as we say around here. My grandparents lived on the farm, and some of my fondest memories are from life on the farm. I love it up north- the air was fresh, the food tasted better, and are days were always full. I think my experience on the farm was a positive influence which has given me an appreciation for farmers, and a more authentic lifestyle.

  • 592 Alison // May 24, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I went to summer camp at a farm. It was good, except for the chiggers and fire ants.

  • 593 Susan in HK // May 24, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I have spent time on a small gentleman’s farm in Ohio. My brother and I used to be fascinated with the chickens, and we’d throw food to them to get them off the nests so we could gather the eggs! I learned the BEST way to have fresh corn – ROAST it!

  • 594 Erin // May 24, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Oh man, I grew up on a farm, and it was the greatest thing ever. We had a pair of beef calves every year, a boatload of pigs, chickens, about a thousand barn cats, and a massive garden. I loved it there, and I miss it just about every day.

  • 595 Karen // May 24, 2011 at 4:34 am

    My mom grew up on a farm and I spent every summer visiting my grandparents. There were chickens, sheep, hogs, a kitchen garden and spring house out back by the barn, and acres of crops. Also horses, farm cats, and fruit trees and berry bushes. The sky was pitch black at night except for the fireflys and stars.

  • 596 knittingshelley // May 24, 2011 at 4:54 am

    My grandparents had a hobby farm where they raised sheep, geese, and chickens, and had a huge garden. I remember the chickens and collecting eggs and squash growing right on the compost pile.

  • 597 Katrina // May 24, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Both of my parents grew up on farms, one dairy and the other apples and pears. The dairy farm was sold when my grandfather died, but I spent quite a bit of time on the fruit farm. No animals others than dogs and cats, but lots and lots of picking and ladder climbing and preserving.

  • 598 colleen // May 24, 2011 at 4:59 am

    never, but I would LOVE to!

  • 599 Ruth Ann // May 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Most of my dad’s family are farmers. My uncle still owns and works the dairy farm where he and my dad grew up. As a kid, I spent some time there, especially during the summers. I used to think it was fun helping my cousins with chores like feeding the calfs and moving hay around in the barns. In the late summer we’d roller skate in the half empty hay loft. In the evenings, after dinner, we’d play “farm baseball” where first base was the gas tank, second was somewhere behind the shed, third was the cat laying in the patch of grass near the driveway (unless he moved in which case it was the old boot…unless the dog was playing with it)…Lots of good memories.

  • 600 Belinda // May 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I grew up on a farm – well, more like a homestead really. My family has always had big gardens, and at various points (but not all at once) dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, a pony named Jimmy Dean, and goats. The summer I was 12 we had 11 goats, counting all the babies. It was great.

  • 601 Jill H // May 24, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I grew up in the country but the most lot of animals we kept were chickens and the occasional pig. Though my dad did grow a lovely garden…
    The Yarn CSA is such an amazing idea. I get a little light headed thinking of all that sumptious handmade yarny goodness.

  • 602 APayne // May 24, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I will definitely check out this blog. I love yarn and love to knit & crochet.
    I live in MT so I am surrounded by farms and ranches.

  • 603 Julie H. // May 24, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I’ve never worked on a farm, but when I visit my parents I go to the farm where my mom’s horse is boarded. It’s gorgeous, and I love to watch the guinea hens scurry around!

  • 604 jennybookworm // May 24, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I am just thrilled at the idea of being able to get my hands on this CSA share! I love to knit and love that they have a blog where you can see it all happen – I will add it to my reader today. My grandparents had a farm which my mom grew up on – they sold it when I was still fairly young but we still go back to visit as the people who bought from my grandparents still own it!

  • 605 kellybeth // May 24, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I used to spend time with my aunt, who raised horses in the south of Jersey.

  • 606 L // May 24, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I had a summer job in high school, working very part time weeding a very small organic plot.

  • 607 Robin // May 24, 2011 at 6:01 am

    My grandfather owned a small farm just outside San Antonio, TX when I was growing up. I spent all of my summers there, learning to fish, puck okra, graft peach trees… and of course befriend the cows!

    Great giveaway- thank you!!

  • 608 Stephanie // May 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

    We have a family friend who raises a whole bunch of Icelandic animals (sheep, chickens, horses, sheepdogs…). My parents adopted an Icelandic Sheepdog from her farm, because she wasn’t a very good sheepdog and kept chasing the chickens instead of herding the sheep. =D

  • 609 stacey // May 24, 2011 at 6:39 am

    i grew up across the way from acres and acres of cornfields, and after wanting to escape there for years i ended up in detroit working as a beekeeper on an urban farm, and having a large garden/small farm in my side lot.

  • 610 Meg // May 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I didn’t really know anyone who had a full-on farm, but my husband’s family owns an orchard and I love walking in the shade under the apple trees, grabbing fruit here and there when I get hungry.

  • 611 Anne // May 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I’ve only spent a little time on farms, like when we’d go to u-pick farms near where I grew up in Nebraska. This yarn CSA sounds amazing and would be so much fun!

  • 612 Lorange // May 24, 2011 at 7:05 am

    My neighbors growing up had a farm–they kept too many cows and quite a few chickens. The first spring we lived there we’d just planted lilac bushes and the cows got out and stampeded one full moon night. Only one lilac survived.

  • 613 Jen // May 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Nope, never spent any time on a farm but I love Juniper Moon’s blog and would love to win.

  • 614 Alysia // May 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Never. The closest I’ve ever come in a trail ride in Yellowstone one summer.

  • 615 Allison Sch. // May 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I live on a farm right now! Interning. I went to Evergreen for their Organic Agriculture program. I love farming!

  • 616 herschel // May 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

    BOTH my parents grew up on farms, so every time we go back to the old homestead, it’s back to riding yaks and feeding chickens.

  • 617 erin // May 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Whew, just getting this comment in under the wire. I visited a farm in New Jersey when I was a young girl and marveled at the –to me– massive animals (cows, horses), enjoyed feeding them, all the unusual aromas associated with them, and just generally being out in the fresh air with seemingly nothing but miles of farm land as far as the eye could see. A nice peek into a whole other world from the suburbs.

  • 618 Laura // May 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’ve only been to the farm with 20+ first graders!

  • 619 Beth // May 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Other than visits with Girl Scouts (as a Girl Scout and later as the mother of a Girl Scout), I have not spent time on a farm. Despite my lack of real life experience, I would like to live on a farm some day (if/when I retire!) and have a spinner’s flock.

  • 620 Jillian // May 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My older brother and sister were born on my parents’ farm in Missouri (I used to joke that, being the only one born in the hospital, I was the only one they *paid* for) and spent the first few years living there. He raised cattle (and the occasional wounded deer) and my greatest triumph during that time was naming the big red bull Oliver Boliver Butt after my favorite Dr. Seuss story.

    We still have the farm, but nobody lives there full time. OBB is long gone but my niece keeps up the naming tradition with donkeys called “Cupcake” and “Dove Chocolates.” (Someone has a serious sweet tooth.)

  • 621 Gina Power // May 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    What a lovely prize!! I grew up on farms so I guess the answer would be yes. We moved a lot and almost always to a farm setting – we had a dairy farm, pig, beef cattle, goats (for milk) and horses. I must say the horses were my favourite although baby pigs are probably the cutest little critters out there :-)

  • 622 Louise // May 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I grew up next to an apple farm. Does that count? And my grandfathers home was called ‘the farm’ though there were no animals on it anymore by the time I was born.
    What a fabulous giveaway!

  • 623 Tracie // May 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I have not had the pleasure of spending much time on a farm, but I would like to. I love wide open spaces and feel completely cramped living in Seattle.
    I love to knit and that’s how I found your link.
    PS my bday is tomorrow! I hope I win!
    Thanks for sharing

  • 624 Mandy // May 24, 2011 at 9:13 am

    When i was 8 my parents decided to move away from the city and buy a farm. too bad they knew nothing about farming. For the next five years we kept chickens and rabbits as pets. no one was eaten, and I grew up with many furry and feathered playmates.

  • 625 Betty // May 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

    what a wonderful idea! My yard in the city is probably big enough for a few lambs, but I think the neighbours might complain. This would be a great winning – please!

  • 626 Bonnie // May 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Oh, MAN, what a great giveaway! My grandfather raised beef cattle and crops such as corn and soybeans, but I have never lived on a farm.

  • 627 Ashley // May 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Yarn CSA! What an amazing giveaway.

    I have never lived on a farm but I grew up outside Amish Country in Pennsylvania and am very familiar with farm life. I also have helped on a few farms in the past years through local CSAs (the food variety, not yarn :) )

  • 628 Kat // May 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    The closest thing I had to a farm visit was a little place near Coos Bay, OR where my Great Aunt Norie and Uncle Al had a few cows. They also had a huge barn with hay bales we would swing from ropes and land in. It seemed like such a farm to a girl used to Navy bases. :)

  • 629 Gayle // May 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Oh I love food CSA. A yarn CSA would be so much fun!!!

  • 630 sue // May 24, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Never really spent time on a farm… just the city farms they have here that sort of show you what farm life is like!

  • 631 Rachel B. // May 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Worked on my Uncle’s cattle farm for a couple of summers. Real eye-opener to the beef industry! He also had two horses and a donkey. They were so sweet and would just sleep in the shade for most of the day.