I got my first lamb when I was 9 years old. He was a little bottle lamb that became my 4-H project and the sire to my flock. As the years went on I acquired several ewes and my flock was started. That lasted until I went to college and had to sell them. There was a long time then when I didn't live in the country and couldn't have animals. Finally, we moved to Wisconsin and bought a small farm. I learned to spin at a local shop, and bought some ewes. It has all grown from there. Eventually we bought a bigger farm, so I could have more sheep.
I don't like to waste things, so when a lamb was butchered, I just couldn't throw away the hide. At first, I tanned them myself, but when it became more than 3 or 4, I just couldn't do it myself, and found a local tannery that would tan them for me.
Then I learned to make soap, and found out what a wonderful product that is. Meanwhile, I was knitting up all the yarn I was spinning, and decided I needed an outlet for all these products. Since noone could see them inside my house and I didn't have a good place to display them, I decided I needed a building from which to sell my wares. I built that building in 2009. It was a year before it was finally made into the little shop it is today.
Then came chickens!
Since I had all this room now and I really liked the taste of pasture raised chickens, I decided to add them to my offering. And no farm is complete without a few laying hens. When I got my shop, I thought it would be nice to offer eggs also--from free ranging hens. The eggs and pasture raised chickens are higher in the omega 3 fatty acid that everyone is trying to get in their diet.