About our farm
Tamarack Farm is located about 18 miles east of State College, PA, the location of Pennsylvania State University, in the beautiful Pennsylvania Appalachian valley and ridge region. Tamarack Farm covers about 30 hilly acres of pasture and woods just a few steps from Penns Creek, a well-known destination for fly-fishing. A long row of Tamaracks (Larix) grows on the hill as a backdrop to the farmhouse--hence the name of our farm.
We have been raising Icelandic, Tunis, and natural-colored Merino Sheep for over twenty five years! We have a colorful Icelandic flock with a full range of patterns and colors. Our sheep are on pasture about 8-9 months per year, using management-intensive grazing techniques. Our flock is healthy (and happy!) with good parasite resistance. Rams are bred for good temperament in addition to many other qualities, and ewes are observed for good mothering.
In addition to our sheep, we raise greens, vegetables, plants, and herbs for two local farmers' markets where we also sell retail cuts of lamb and lamb sausage. And, we have a flock of laying hens, some Icelandic of course, that produce multicolored eggs for market. As a new hobby, we've been working on growing our apiary! We harvested 36 pounds of honey in our first year! Jan enjoys spinning, but felting has more completely captured her interest, so we work with our own wool as well as selling roving and yarn at the markets and at our vendor's booth at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, plus various other festivals. We sell breeding stock, wool, and wool products, particularly felt and felt crafts. Please see the other pages on this site for information regarding availability and pricing. A variety of Icelandic, Merino, and Tunis fleeces will be available following our late fall shearing. Merinos and Tunis are kept covered all year.
Sheep and chickens and bees - oh my!