We raise 11 different breeds of Heritage and Rare Breed sheep on our farm in Southwestern PA. We produce 100% natural, minimally processed, breed specific roving and yarn from our flock in a beautiful array of natural colors and are proud to be a Shave Em to Save Em official provider.
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How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to start your business?
The Ross Farm in Eighty Four, PA has been in the Ross family since 1910. Amy Ross Manko inherited the farm from her mother, Hunny, and has been running it for 10+ years. She is the fifth generation farming on the land, and her son Drew Manko is the sixth generation. Amy decided to focus on raising rare breed sheep for the handspinner and handknitter market after falling in love with the Leicester Longwools at Colonial Williamsburg.
What's your favorite thing about being a farmer?
The sheep, of course! They all have their own personalities and it's wonderful.
Is your shop involved in any charity or educational efforts you’d like to let people know about?
We are one of the farms involved with the Livestock Conservancy's Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative, which is encouraging farmers to keep raising rare breed sheep by increasing the value of their products in the maker market. You can sign up at www.rarewool.org! We are also a collection point for Knitted Knockers, which are knitted or crocheted cotton breast prostheses for breast cancer survivors. You can find free patterns and more info at knittedknockers.org.
For the Virtual Homespun Yarn Party, March 22, 2020, 12-5 PM: