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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 ·

631 responses so far ↓

  • 1 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.

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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!

  • 4 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!

  • 5 kellybeth // May 24, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I used to spend time with my aunt, who raised horses in the south of Jersey.

  • 6 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.

  • 7 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!!

  • 8 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

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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.

  • 11 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!

  • 12 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.

  • 13 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.

  • 14 Alysia // May 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Never. The closest I’ve ever come in a trail ride in Yellowstone one summer.

  • 15 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!

  • 16 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.

  • 17 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.

  • 18 Laura // May 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’ve only been to the farm with 20+ first graders!

  • 19 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.

  • 20 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.)

  • 21 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 :-)

  • 22 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!

  • 23 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

  • 24 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.

  • 25 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!

  • 26 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.

  • 27 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 :) )

  • 28 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. :)

  • 29 Gayle // May 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Oh I love food CSA. A yarn CSA would be so much fun!!!

  • 30 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!

  • 31 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.