We moved to the farm 17 years ago from North Minneapolis.  We had that feeling or need to “go back-to-the-land”.  Loretta primarily wanted to live in a country setting where she could have some fiber animals to help support her spinning habit.  Jerry yearned for dark skies to use his telescopes – as things turned out – wrenching on John Deere tractors and cutting hay became more important than building that dream observatory.  Both of us are now submersed in the fiber arts and enjoy raising our fiber animals, teaching what we have learned and selling the fruit of our labor – extremely nice fleeces, yarns and finished products.  We are extremely fortunate to have blackberries growing all over our 140 acres – thus “Blackberry Hills”.

Basically, we are a fiber-farm.  At Blackberry Hills we have 50-60 lamas – both llamas and alpacas.  Recently we culled our sheep flock to around 35 – mostly Navaho-Churro.  We have also started raising  Scottish Highlander Cows – which supply us with plenty of milk when needed – and of course (we’re in Wisconsin) we make cheese!  Chickens, cats and dogs round out our country livestock.

You can see us next at:

The Minnesota State Fair

we have a bunch of product at the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers booth in the Diary Building – Loretta also will be working there

Orchard House Gallery Fall Festival

Baker Orchard in Centuria, WI Sept 27th & 28th

Minnesota Weavers Guild Fiber Fair

at Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis – November 14th – 16th