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The Spicy Lamb Farm Celebrates the Abundance of Life with Local Food, Fiber, and Fun

The Spicy Lamb Farm is a national park setting accommodating visitors through a variety of events. This family working farm offers a close up experience with sheep, ducks, working border collies, horses, and other livestock.  Events include shearing and spinning, sheep dog herding, festivals, dinning, and classes. Special events are scheduled throughout the year, and we welcome groups to design their own farm adventure. The farm store carries our food and fiber products. Come join us and celebrate the abundance of life with local food, fiber, and fun.

The Spicy Lamb Farm raises Dorset sheep, organic varieties of apples, pears, and plums, and spicy herbs and vegetables.  We invite you to enjoy our gourmet lamb and duck, fruit, and spices which are sold off the farm and, sometimes, at the Countryside Conservancy Farmers Market. Our wool blankets, yarns, roving, and fiber crafts are available at the farm and the Yellow Creek Trading Company in Peninsula.

This Cuyahoga Valley National Park farm is part of the Countryside Conservancy program. We are also the home of the Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials and proud to be an Urban Shepherds sponsor and a North Coast Lamb Co-Op member,

We welcome visitors for our annual events, scheduled group tours, and private rentals. We are a small working family farm, not a demonstration farm, which makes non-scheduled visits difficult when we are tending our livestock and working. We do try to keep a few sheep out along the road so that, when you hike, bike, ride, or drive by the farm, you can enjoy this scenic and peaceful setting throughout the year.

Surrounded by mature woodlands and hidden away at the dead-end part of Akron Peninsula Road, off  Boston Mills Road, in the scenic Village of Peninsula, the farm is a place of education, fascination, and inspiration.

2016 on the Farm

We have posted our 2016 Calendar of Events and will be adding to the list of events as we schedule them.

New in 2016, mark your calendars for a farm to table duck dinner on July 16th and a lamb dinner on August 20th that you will not want to miss.

Sheep Dog Training & Novice Trials: Maurene Hillen is taking over sheep dog training at the farm and will be holding novice trials on June 11th and September 24th for those of you getting started. Maurene is an Open handler from Michigan who comes down on Saturdays, weather depending, when she isn't trialing. She is a student of sheep and sheepdogs since 2001, and is still learning everything she can about holistic dog training, concentrating on establishing a partnership foundation for building herding skills. Her training will avoid many traditional, often harsh, training methods. Instead, she will teach how using respect and clear communication is best for our dogs. You can schedule an assessment or training with Maureen by emailing her at spicylamb@gmail.com.

Eco/Agtourism Adventures: Also, new this year are eco/agtourism adventures. The Spicy Lamb Farm and NatureVation have teamed up to bring you ecotourism adventures which begin, stops and/or end at The Spicy Lamb Farm. Look for adventures on our calendar or design your own. NatureVation is run by Elaine Price, an environmental biologist, and her husband Gordon Lanefeld,  a geologist by training. Both are outdoor enthusiasts who can showcase the fabulous natural assets of the Cuyahoga Valley. Their NatureVation Adventures  are fully contained, guided tours into the unique and often hidden natural places of northeast Ohio.  NatureVation finds the places, maps the route, secures any permits, researches the history and provides elegant food and beverages.  Elaine Price says,”I love this “nature tourism” – “agro tourism” partnership!  NatureVation provides the journey through nature and the farms ground us in our roots.” We are thrilled by this partnership given that Laura Minnig's specialization in her doctoral program of study was ecotourism and the farm’s mission includes educating the public about environmental stewardship and sustainable farming.  We finally have the ultimate adventure to learn about nature and from where our food comes, while having fun.

 

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