An Introduction


Sylvia JorrinTo introduce myself, I am Sylvia Jorrin, a farmer in the Catskill Mountains. The 27th anniversary of the founding of this farm was May 8. While it features sheep, there is a sprinkling of dairy goats as well as about 75 currant and gooseberry bushes to flavor the mix. Often there are vegetables, such as leeks, garlic, kale and radichio, some of which are sold. The farm covers 85 acres on which I run between 75 and 100 animals.

There are conservation practices in place as the creek here ultimately flows out of the taps in New York City, which is 180 miles away. Both the city and the federal government have paid for the fencing and clean water practices that are in place here.

Two of my books have been published. The first is called Sylvia’s Farm. The sequel is The Journal of an Improbable Shepherd. They are about the wonders of the life here.

The most current project here is to repair the roadside fencing destroyed by this most ghastly of winters and to move or replace an existing fence compromised by some very insistent beavers. I had destroyed their dams over a period of years until their last effort required serious work by a man with an excavator. Two days before he was to do the work, my son took a kayak out onto the beaver pond. That did it. When he visits nothing gives him more pleasure than the time he spends on the pond. Obviously, the pond stays.

In the interest of keeping the water clean, my sheep and goats have to be fenced out, therefore the Watershed Agriculture Council is paying to reposition said fence. A nice job. The irony is that the pond and the 10 acres around the water sources are also declared to be wildlife protection areas, therefore, while the local deer, foxes, coyotes and, yes, beavers, are free to roam, foul and drink from it, my dear sweet sheep are not. Go figure.

Signed copies of my books are available by calling me at 607-746-2596. I do have a website that includes a new story every month as well as photographs.

5/30/2015 1:30:24 PM

Sylvia, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Wow, you have a lot of interests. Beavers can be destructive creatures that's for sure. The biggest beaver dam that I ever saw was in Canada and it held back and entire lake. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in homesteading. I don't have much experience with sheep or goats. My experience has been flat land row crop farming with a few cows, hogs, and chickens. Now in retirement, I'm an urban farmer that gardens vacant lots residing in the inner city. ***** Have a great New York Catskills mountain day on the homestead.

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