About the Family...
Blue Mountain Farm is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania owned and operated by a Mother and her three kids! We came to find our passion for the agriculture industry honestly through our involvement in the Dauphin County 4-H Program over 15 years ago, where we each developed fascinating interests cultivating the state of the farm into what it is today! We have found several loves including raising heritage breeds of livestock including Leceister Longwool Sheep, Angora goats, Angora rabbits, Jersey cows, farming over 250 acres within the Fishing Creek Valley, maple syrup production, and fiber processing at Blue Mountain Fiber Mill!! We have a farm store which include our fibers & yarns processed in our mill, goat milk lotions, and maple syrup which have all been accepted in the Pennsylvania Preferred Program. Our life experience as well as our additional commitment to our many farming activities, which evolved through our involvement in the Dauphin County 4-H Program and as members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, has contributed to the development of our planning and goals for the future!
Hi there...My name is Angie! I am a homeschooling mom of three kids and came to start Blue Mountain Farms through my kids interest in the 4-H program. Their involvement also ignited the spark that led to the development of Blue Mountain Fiber Mill. Today, I spin, knit, dye yarns, and enjoy spending time with my family, especially when we are preparing a meal from our farms veggies and cheeses! I manage to stay quite busy, but I am also on a Sheep to Shawl team called Just a Little Twisted with some friends and my daughter, Ashley, which serves as enjoyment! I am also a 4-H leader in Dauphin County for the Fiber Arts and Friendship clubs. Simply, I just love playing with fiber and all of the fuzzy critters that support what we do!
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and to put it simple I would have to say that I am a fiber fanatic! When I was only 7 years-old, my Nana taught me how to knit when I picked up a set of her needles as I was watching my morning cartoons and from that moment, I was hooked! From there, I joined the 4-H program when I was 12 and became involved in a multiple of clubs. While I was at the PA State Farm Show that same year, I saw a lady spinning off of an Angora Rabbit and knew that was the breed for me. At first, my plan was to just have one Angora rabbit and raise him for wool, as I am very much interested in the fiber arts. Turns out angoras are like Lay’s Potato Chips...”You can’t just have one bunny!” Before I knew it, I was introduced to the amazing world of rabbits and have been heartily involved ever since! Currently, I raise Angora Rabbits, Leicester Longwool Sheep, and drive my miniature horse named Bumble! I do strive for quality in my animals and work diligently to keep a disease-free environment. I have been fortunate enough to receive a degree from Delaware Valley College in AgriBusiness all while doing what I love! Today, I am working at Knitters Dream, our family yarn shop, an active 4-H Volunteer, as well as managing the processing that goes on at Blue Mountain Fiber Mill! I am so thankful for the opportunities I've had and look forward to what the future holds!
I am Tyler and I do a little bit of everything here at Blue Mountain Farms! I became involved in Agriculture just as the rest of my family...finding our passion through the 4-H program. Today, I am running my own hay/crop business for the farm, growing produce and vegetables, service all of the equipment in the fiber mill, volunteer as a Master Gardner, serve as our bi-annual shearer, am a certified auctioneer, and much more. There is never a dull moment, and while sometimes things don't always go as planned, I am always looking on the positive side of life. For me, there is no better day than when I am sitting in my office on a tractor overlooking the fields! I wouldn't trade that for anything.
Hello, my name is Madi and I have had a love for my animals ever since I can remember! I started raising animals as a cloverbud in 4-H with two guinea pigs named Izzy and Kenna! From that moment, I knew I was hooked! I have also been involved in rabbits for a long time now. I love all the different breeds of rabbits but right now I am specializing in Flemish Giants, French Angoras, Giant Angoras, and Satin Angoras. My recent adventure was taking on a breeding pair of Silver's. Apart from the rabbits, I am working with Jersey Cows and Angora Goats as well. I enjoy traveling to shows all around the country and meeting many new friends along the way and was honored to serve last year as the 2017 PA State Rabbit Breeders Queen! Outside of the rabbit industry, I also participate in a lot of 4-H activities with some of my favorites being fiber arts, baking, and horses. Aside from all of that, I am known as the "Goat girl" in my family as I enjoy making cheese with the milk, spinning and weaving with the angora goat fiber, and even just running around outside with all of my little goat "kids" on a bright sunny day! You might see me around working with my animals or helping in the fiber mill! My goal is to attend Penn State University and major in Animal Sciences!
Hi... my name is Humphrey and I am the Fiber Mill Greeter! You will often find me watching for fiber drop offs/pick ups outside of the mill, wagging my tail, and waiting for a pat on the back! I really like when the UPS truck visits... the driver always gives me treats! I like to help my people know when someone arrives, but I often get distracted if you're willing to scratch my back! When I was a puppy, I was dumped along the road, but this family took me in just like one of their own! They tried to help me find my original owner, but over time, I became one of the Shaw family! I now am really busy working hard on the farm to make my people happy and they reward me with unlimited biscuits and lots of love! Hope to see you around!