Knitting yarn from sheep wool from Friesenhof

0.60 kg/box

Knitting yarn from sheep wool from Friesenhof

0.60 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 0.6kg of knitting yarn or yoga mat from dyke wool
Race: Texel
You may choose between the two different sheep wool products:
6 x North German dyke knitting yarn (100g each, 185m each): high-quality worsted wool, 4-thread count, with a ball length of 185 metres; recommend a needle size of 3 to 4, made from 100% new sheep's wool this knitting yarn is the perfect starting material for getting creative
1 x Yoga mat made from North German dyke wool (1.4 kg, 200 x 70 cm): The upper side of this beautiful mat is made of wool pile, the bottom side is made of wool felt, the wool is naturally antibacterial and therefore the ideal material for a yoga mat, as it even neutralises odours
The wool has been gently washed and not dyed in order to preserve the good properties of the wool; it is naturally temperature-regulating, warm, hygienic and breathable and hence the ideal natural raw material for a yoga mat
The antibacterial properties of the untreated, only washed wool provide a "self-cleaning" effect and prevent odours, so you should always dry and air it well
Wool from North German dyke sheep from the island of Pellworm, extensive husbandry in the middle of nature
Organic animal husbandry, certified with the EU organic seal since 2018; our neighbour’s sheep, whose wool we also process, are also kept extensively and on the dyke, but are not EU certified organic
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Sönke Meesenburg
My name is Sönke Meesenburg. I run our sheep farm on the Friesenhof together with my wife Christina and our four children Sören, David, Marie and Catharina. I grew up on this beautiful island, on a farm near the lighthouse. Sheep have always been a part of my life. After a few years on the mainland (study and office work in Hanover, Hamburg and Lübeck), my wife and I decided to move back to the island to take over the family farm and start a family. From day one it was clear that keeping sheep on the farm should play the biggest role for me. So, over the years I have enlarged the herd and gained a lot of experience. I love working with sheep. Out in nature, on the dyke with the frugal sheep. It's a job that makes you happy and content. Most of the work on the sheep farm is done during the lambing season in March and April. At that time, our 120 ewes are in the barn to give birth to their lambs. Then I'm on duty around the clock. I also look after my sheep at night to monitor the births and intervene if necessary. Yes, you could say that I am the midwife for my sheep. Christina and our children help feed the sheep and lambs in the stable during this time. Each according to their size and ability. When the sheep are back on the dyke and the pastures in May, it is more relaxed for me. In the summer months we harvest the fodder for the winter, shear the yearling sheep in June and bring the first lambs to the slaughterhouse in August. We sell the meat in our farm shop “Kleine Schäferei”. Through our farm shop, we have realised how useful and satisfying it is for farmers to sell directly to their customers. As a farmer, you can realise fair prices for your products. And we've found that you get a lot of appreciation for your products that you've put a lot of love and work into. CrowdFarming is a great platform for us to find new customers on the mainland and make them happy with our products.
Friesenhof
The Friesenhof and our farm shop "Kleine Schäferei" are located on the North Sea island of Pellworm. My wife grew up on the Friesenhof and now we run it together. Since we have placed our focus on extensive and natural sheep farming, we christened our farm shop "Kleine Schäferei". Pellworm, the green island, is located in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park and is known for its diverse and rich birdlife. The whole island is just below sea level and is protected all around by an 8 meter high dyke. Sheep farming on the island is immensely important for dyke maintenance. Because only sheep care for the turf of the dyke as desired and trample the ground with their hooves so that the storms in autumn and winter do not damage it. Our shepherd colleague Torben runs his sheep farm as extensively as we do and is therefore a good partner for us. As a true North Frisian, he doesn't attach importance to certifications, but trusts his gut feeling for sheep and nature, so that all animals on the dyke are doing well. His flock includes around 500 ewes. Christina and I have been running the Friesenhof for 13 years now. At that time, we came back to the island from Hamburg because we couldn't imagine life with children in the big city. Children need freedom and they can enjoy it carefree here. In addition, life here is slower and much closer to the rhythm of nature. We believe that living and working with nature is good for us. It doesn't bother us that (almost) every day of the year is a working day. In addition to agriculture, the island also receives tourism. That is why, in addition to farming, we also run a guesthouse. Pellworm receives enough rain throughout the year to not need irrigation. Our heavy marsh soils are also excellent at storing water and supplying the plants with water even during longer periods of drought. We have been managing our farm according to organic farming criteria since 2018 and are currently certified according to the EU organic standard. We are committed to protecting native meadow birds. As ground breeders, these birds are often exposed to many dangers from predators and agricultural machinery. We look for their nests and protect them with wire baskets and appropriate markings. It has been proven that biodiversity on organically farmed areas is significantly greater and more diverse than on conventionally farmed areas. This is also one of the reasons why we chose this path. No pesticides or artificial fertilizers are used on our land. Weeds, such as thistles, are cut out by hand. In summary, one can say: We run our farm organically, close to nature, with grazing, as a family business and with respect for our sheep, who give us so much. A photovoltaic system is installed on the roof of our sheep-pen, and we use most of the electricity to supply ourselves. We also use the self-generated solar power for heating during the cold months. The sheep farm is run purely as a family business. During the busy lambing season, the whole family helps to look after the sheep and lambs. Our children Sören, David, Marie and Catharina are responsible for the bottle lambs. Grandpa Martin feeds the concentrated feed and I, the shepherd Sönke, look after the births, do the night shifts and feed the hay. When shearing sheep, we sort out contaminated and inferior wool (e.g. felted wool from the belly) directly. We use this wool as long-term fertilizer in our vegetable garden.
Technical information
Address
Friesenhof, Pellworm, DE
Team
1 woman / 1 man
Size
45 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
None
Flock size
150 sheep
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