2 Sheep (lambs) and a Ewe (Romney) – George Jones farm.
They may be joined by a few lambs and a ram (Saint Croix).
These sheep will go to Joe Waltzer (Black River Cafe) and Ben Ezinga (Roast). An additional third lamb may be added for another catering contract (Graduate school party).
I think this will be a manageable plan this year, as I already have some experience raising sheep. Though these guys are on-farm, we might have another one for raising around town. If you guys want to try it, it would be somewhat of a precedent of community-owned lawn-mowing sheep. They’re called Jacob sheep, these guys: http://columbus.craigslist.org/grd/2225976509.html. They could be fenced in your backyard without too much trouble, and 4 or 5 could mow a grass really quickly.
When sheep eat grass, they mow to no less than an inch. This means that we can improve the growth of grass, as well as create all kinds of beneficial changes to the soil. Our operation will be regenerative, not destructive. As well it will be community-oriented, for events and a direct market. We hope that sheep will be a positive addition to the lovely Oberlin environment, and in the long term a good source of wool. Please contact me or Evelyn if you have any more questions, or if you want to sponsor or buy another sheep.