About the Family...
Blue Mountain Farm is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and is family owned and operated! We came to find our passion for the agriculture industry and preservation of precious farmland honestly through our involvement in the Dauphin County 4-H Program over 19 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 50 acres within the Fishing Creek Valley, maple syrup production, and fiber processing at Blue Mountain Fiber Mill!! We process our fibers & yarns along with our customers fibers in our processing mill. We also make goat milk lotions, maple syrup, and grow Christmas trees, which have all been accepted in the Pennsylvania Preferred Program. Our latest adventures include Honeybees and Lavender... now isn't that sweet! 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 the mom of three amazing kids and came to start Blue Mountain Farms through our family’s interest in the 4-H program. Their involvement ignited the spark that led to the development of Blue Mountain Farms & Fiber Mill. Today, I spin, knit, dye yarns, and enjoy spending time with my family, especially when we are preparing a meal from our farm’s veggies and cheeses! My newest passion is raising honeybees! I manage to stay quite busy, but in my free time I love to play in the dirt in the gardens or just being involved with all of the activities my kids keep me busy with! I’ve been a 4-H leader in Dauphin County for the Fiber Arts and Friendship clubs for many years. Simply, I just love spending time with my family and 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 and animal lover! 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 from 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, my husband, Matt, and I all raise and show Angora Rabbits together. We also raise sheep and drive our miniature horse’s named Bumble and Journey! 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 enjoy managing our fiber processing mill and helping with the other avenues of our farm, especially the honeybees and lavender! I am so thankful for the opportunities I've had and look forward to what the future holds!
Hi, my name is Matt! I am Ashley's husband and am really happy to be a part of the Blue Mountain Crew! Ashley and I met through 4-H and came to be good friends raising and showing animals together, especially the Angora Rabbits! Currently, I am a science teacher full time, but I also work in the fiber mill and help out at the Christmas Tree Farm. I love all animals, but I have a special spot in my heart for horses and rabbits. I am a licensed ARBA rabbit judge and enjoy traveling to new places and meeting new people all over the country when I judge shows. I also enjoy spinning, knitting, and even dabbled with weaving a little bit. You will often see me at Blue Mountain Farms in the fiber mill over my summer break from teaching, at the Tree Farm, or while I am doing regular animal chores!
My name is Randy! I grew up on a farm & orchard, so I have a lot of knowledge passion for the Agriculture industry. I have a great interest in all plants, trees, and living things. Any day where I get to have my hands in the dirt, planting trees, maintaining the gardens, trimming trees, etc. is a good day to me! I am blessed to be a part of this family and look forward to helping grow the operations we have here at Blue Mountain Farms!
Hi, I’m 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 covering over 300 acres in the Fishing Creek/Grantville area, 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! As I grew, I participated 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! I have also been involved in rabbits with my sister, Ashley, for a long time now. I love all the different breeds of rabbits but right now I am specializing in Giant Angoras, Satin Angoras, and Silvers. I enjoy traveling to shows all around the country and meeting many new friends along the way and was honored to serve as the 2017 PA State Rabbit Breeders Queen! Apart from the rabbits, I am working to improve my herd of Angora Goats with a pretty great mentor. I absolutely love Jersey Cows and have a passion for cheese making!
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, Charlie, 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! Now, I 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!