The cycle of birth, death, and yarn

March means lots of new lambs at Catskill Merino, a small sheep-raising and yarnmaking farm in Goshen--and lots of work for the farmer.

Leaving, I swept the flashlight around the blackness of the yard seeing its beam reflected by many pairs of sheep eyes looking at the light as it passed over them.

We must remember, sheep know how to be sheep better than we do, and we must trust them.

At Meredith's Spring Lake Farm, which raises grass-fed beef, lamb and pork, thoughts are already turning to Icelandic leg of lamb roast with lamb gravy.

Photo of Spring Lake Farm lambs by Ulla Kjarval.