Our beginnings

We started out with a small flock of four Shetland ewes and the goal of raising a few good sheep to make some nice, hand-processed yarn for owner Carrie and the local fiber community in Chelsea, Michigan.

In 2020, we quickly realized we had more wool than we could process by hand. We wanted to keep things relatively local, so we sent the wool to Round Barn Fiber Mill in Illinois to be processed into roving and yarn, and got to work growing more wool!

Gradually we've expanded the flock of Shetlands and added Gotlands to the mix, too. In 2023, we're proud to start partnering with other local farmers to bring wool from these incredible little sheep to more fiber artists.

How we farm

We’re a very small farm—only three acres—so we have to be very careful and intentional about how we use the land. Our goal is to make the most of our space in a regenerative way that improves the land, leaving it better than we found it.


Growing wool is all about growing grass…and clover, and alfalfa, and other leafy green things. We use a rotational grazing method combined with cover cropping that extends our growing season, and leads to healthier soils and happier sheep.

 

Meet the shepherd

Hi, I’m Carrie Wold! I'm the owner here at Bellwether Farm, where I wear many hats: Shepherd, fiber artist, hay hauler, and lamb jungle gym, among many others. I strive to be a responsible steward of the land and the creatures that roam it. 

I was lucky to grow up with farming. My father raises Angus cattle on our family farm in Hadley, Michigan, and he introduced me to regenerative concepts from a young age. When I was eight years old he gave me my first sheep, a pair of Suffolk lambs.