This Week on the TC3 Farm – Student Post by Candice
This week at the TC3 Farm we had a wonderful experience of learning the operations of Northland Sheep Dairy, located in Marathon, New York. Northland Organic Sheep Dairy farm is a sustainable farm that raises on average of 30 100% grass-fed seasonal sheep. The farm is powered by draft horses and mules, and also the hardworking owners, Donn Hewes and Maryrose Livingston. Maryrose is the shepherd of the sheep and also is the cheesemaker on the farm as well. Donn works the farm with his team of draft horses and mules and also teaches his summer student how to farm in a sustainable way. Maryrose produces handmade unpasteurized sheep cheese right from her farm, using only her own raw sheep milk from 100% grass fed animals. She produces two different kinds of cheese, one hard and one soft, aged in her own cheese cave which is located right on her farm as well. During the tour we got to see the cheese house, the cheese cave, got to talk with Donn a lot about working with draft animals, and saw a demonstration of hooking up equipment and raking hay with horses.