About Us

hello there!

 

Our humble farm is situated on just over 5 acres of farmland that includes a nearly 100 year old barn, our 5,000 sq ft garden, chicken house, and large animal barn.

We moved out to the farm in 2013 to raise our three young boys in a humble, agricultural environment. We hope to continue the tradition of teaching the value of raising meat, eggs, vegetables, and flowers for friends and family.   Our children have a direct involvement in all of the meaningful work on this farm from planning the garden, collecting the eggs, raising meat birds, feeding the steers and caring for their sheep.   They’re the best farm hands one could have!

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Fox Run Farm raises pastured poultry, pasture raised eggs, beef, lamb, and wool!  We also offer tours as well as dyeing wool or knitting workshops!  We are happy to meet your needs and work with families and small groups.

 

We sell our products around the town of Monticello and the surrounding communities.  Our farm’s wool can be found on our Etsy page.  There will be some special dye batches at our Local Yarn store, Klose Knits in Urbana, IL.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Sara Harris

    Hello, My name is Sara Harris. I just learned to spin wool last spring as I was wanting to help a friend of mine with using and marketing wool from his sheep. He has Harlequin Sheep which are medium length wool and have mixed color. How do you clean your wool? I have been afraid of ruining it. I probably will not do anything this year with the wool as I am in the midst of Nursing school and that takes up all of my time besides work.

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    1. pyatt1939@gmail.com Post author

      Hi Sara! Thanks for contacting me!

      That is exciting your friend has Harelquin Sheep. I’ve yet to spin with that type of wool but the colors sound awesome!

      Marketing is tough here in central IL. The first thing your friend needs to do is have an online presence – either through a website, facebook page, or blog (best is them all). He can also join the IL Sheep Association and participate in Illinois Green Pastures (http://www.illinoisgreenpastures.org/producers_membership.html). I’m still working on all of this myself and learning how best to move my fleece.

      As for washing your wool, don’t be afraid! Remember that stinky sheep where it all the time. The only way to ruin it is to make it hot and add friction. To wash it, I watched tons of You Tube videos. From there I worked out my own system based on how my home is set up and how darn cold it is outside!

      I like to do a few rinses first in tap water. Rise, soak, repeat.
      Depending on how greasy the wool is, follow the directions on the wash. I’ve used Unicorn Power Scour and Namaste Farm washes. I like them both but Namaste is my favorite for how gentle it is. My wool isn’t naturally greasy because the micron is so low so their washing products are perfect. A couple of gentle rinses and it is done. There is a lot of water involved! Using a mesh laundry bag is also great for keeping things under control. To start off, I’d suggest doing 8 oz or so in the same color – just enough to put in a bucket with water able to easily move around. Just don’t make the mistake I did and wash it down the drain! Lanolin can clog those pipes 🙂

      I’d also pick/skirt it out as best as you can before you do the above. I’ve worked with some really dirty wool from other farms and it really take a long time.

      Hope this helps! Good luck with nursing school – take time out to take care of your spinning self 🙂 Let me know if I can give you any more ideas.

      Kristi

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