Savage Hart Farm is owned and operated by Peggy and Todd Allen. Todd’s business career centers on sales and marketing – both consulting and managing with experience in the hospitality, travel, and insurance industries. Peg has spent much of her career in television production and consulting; and also successfully created, built and sold a niche eCommerce website. Neither has any previous farm experience.
For over 30 years, Peg often dreamed about owning and running a sheep farm. Todd’s typical response: “You can do that with your second husband.”
While vacationing in Washington state’s San Juan Islands in September, 2011, Peg and Todd visited a small sheep farm with an even smaller retail shop selling yarn, roving, and quilts. Annette, the owner, spent almost an hour talking about her operation, to which Todd said, “Annette, you are living my wife’s dream.” That just made Annette go on longer. Annette introduced Peg to her small flock and Todd to her two border collies. As they got back in the rental car and drove off, Todd said, “You know, if I could get a dog like that, I just might think about this sheep farm thing.”
After months of research and planning, Peg and Todd sold their home of 14 years in Wilmette, Illinois, and moved into a beautiful Timberpeg post and beam home on 32 acres near the top of Savage Hill in Hartford, Vermont. With 25 acres of grass, it should be a perfect home for a growing flock. And with panoramic views of the beautiful upland bowl that is Jericho and Vermont’s Green Mountains to the west, Savage Hart Farm is a spectacular setting for Peg and Todd to call home and to welcome guests.
The flock arrived at Savage Hart Farm a little more than a month after Peg and Todd. Our first sheep are colored Corriedales. We first learned of this breed while visiting the Whitefish Bay Farm Bed and Breakfast in Door County Wisconsin. The fleece colors range from sand to deep brown to almost black and we expect them to be very pleasing to hand spinners. Their wool should make for very fine yarn, comparable to Merino. Corriedales are a larger breed of sheep, making them good for meat.
We started with a combination of ewes, ewe lambs, a ram and wethers. We bred 3 ewes in the fall of 2012 and welcomed 5 lambs to the farm in April, 2013 – two sets of twins and a single, three boys and two girls.
Peg got her old Ashford spinning wheel back from her sister-in-law and is spinning again. Todd purchased a Glimàkra Julia loom and is teaching himself to weave.