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About HobbyKnob Farm

Hobbyknob Farm is a small farm located in the blue ridge mountains near Asheville, NC raising livestock suitable for the small homestead farm. Heritage sheep for conservation and wool, chickens for eggs, fertilizer and pest control and llamas for browse control, fun and fiber. I now have a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats and Nigerian crosses and a Sebastopol goose for conservation and weed eating. There is nothing like a pasture full of elegant llamas, sheep of many colors and old standard breeds of chickens hunting for bugs in the yard.

Why Sheep?
I like sheep because they are small and easy to manage, have personality, graze and browse, provide wool, meat and milk, provide natural fertilizer, are suitable for hilly terrains and they are easy on the land. I have chosen breeds that are multi purpose and known to be hardy and able to forage well on average pasture, have good feet and color genetics. The majority of my flock consists of the Jacob breed which is on The Livestock Conservancy list for conservation.

For more information about the Jacob sheep, please see the Jacob Sheep Breeders Website.

The remainder of my flock consists of long wool breeds. currently I have Border Leicester ewes, a Blue Faced Leicester ram and crosses of these 2 breeds. I like a variety of wool sheep so my flock can vary every couple of years. I have lambs available for sale beginning in the summer. While I am not raising my sheep for meat, the Jacob breed is known for tasty meat. I often have ram lambs that are suitable to raise up on pasture for healthy, mild meat. Unless they are a cross bred, all of my sheep are registered or registerable. Fleeces will be available for sale after the sheep are sheared in the spring. I also have roving for sale. We can usually be found at the Mountain State Fair sheep show in September or Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair in October. Both of these events are held at the WNC Agricultural fairgrounds in Fletcher, NC.

Why Llamas?
LLamas are much like sheep and goats. They are a modified ruminant, therefore they also eat grass and browse. They actually would prefer to browse. They do well on an average pasture, hay in the winter and possibly some grain supplement. I became smitten with llamas after attending SAFF in 1999. A neighbor across the road from my farm just happens to raise llamas so all it took was a few visits and I had a couple of my own.

Llamas can have lovely fiber, can be used for packing and pet therapy, guards for sheep and goats or just for fun companion animals. There is an active show association where llamas can strut their stuff. Southern States Llama Association (SSLA) is a regional organization that hosts shows, educational events and a yearly conference for education and comraderie. I am involved withSoutheast LLama Rescue (SELR) which actively re homes llamas through its foster/adoption program.

Why Chickens?
Oh my goodness, everyone should have a small backyard flock of hens for fresh eggs! Chickens were the first critters (besides our house pets) to grace our farm. I choose standard breed chickens that historically were used for backyard flocks. They come in many colors and personalities and roam around eating bugs and grass and lay beautiful orange yoked (the way they should be) eggs, leaving bits of fertilizer everywhere they go.

 


Bailey preparing to show her sheep.

Due to family and work obligations I am unable to have regular open farm hours. I can occasionally schedule visits for those interested in learning about raising any of the livestock on the farm. It is best is you email me: Hobbyknobfarm@gmail.com. You can find the farm on facebook (Hobbyknob Farm) and occasionally on instagram #Hobbyknobfarm.

If you are interested in raw fleeces, I shear in early summer. You may email or call for availability. You may find my finished products at Purl's Yarn Emporium on Wall St. and Asheville NC Homecrafts in the Grove Arcade. Both of these shops are located in downtown Asheville..
I usually show my sheep at the Mountain State Fair wool sheep show in September at the WNC Agricultural Center and at the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) the last weekend of October also at the Ag center.

 

Sincerely,

Elizabeth

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For more information on HobbyKnobfarm,
please call or email:
Elizabeth Strub
Weaverville, North Carolina

hobbyknobfarm@gmail.com

828.645.5869

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