Our Story

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The Farmers

Meet Ken & Nan

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History of the Brand

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Nan and Ken Leaman (or We) Have been raising sheep since the early 1980’s. The focus has always been on fleece quality and animal care. We started out with Lincolns, some Romney’s and Border Leicesters. In 2007 we purchased a modest group of registered Wensleydales - a beautiful large longwool English heritage breed. Their wool is curly, lustrous and is prized by fiber artists. We are involved with a “breed-up” program in that some ewes are inseminated with imported semen from English rams. For example, a 92% ewe AI’d from a 100% English ram would produce 96% offspring, ie. (92+100) / 2. Our flock now numbers approximately 100 with 75% being Wensleydales, 25% Teeswaters (another gorgeous lustrous longwool breed) and 2 English Leicesters. In fact, the Wensleydale breed was the result of crossing Teeswaters with English Leicesters in the early 1800’s in England. Wensleydales can be white or natural colors (from grey to black). The Teeswaters are white with unique characteristic facial markings - a black tipped muzzle. They too have a fine, lustrous, long stapled fleece. 

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The Gardens

We bought 20 acres on Whidbey Island in the late 1980’s.  It had approximately six acres of grass pasture and the rest brush and large fir and hemlock trees.  We finished a house in 1994 and began adding barns and other outbuildings. 

Over a long time the gardens both ornamental and vegetable have grown. 

Dogwoods, oaks, maples (Japanese, Vine and big leaf), magnolias, lilacs, redbud, perotia, juniper, beech, cherry, apples, peach, flowering cherry, katsura, are some tree examples.  Flowers include bush and tree peonies, roses, hydrangeas, clematis and various bulbs.  Viburnums, wisteria, smokebush, augusteria, elderberry all add other dimensions. 

It's a work in progress and an ongoing show that we love.

Over a long time the gardens both ornamental and vegetable have grown. 

Dogwoods, oaks, maples (Japanese, Vine and big leaf), magnolias, lilacs, redbud, perotia, juniper, beech, cherry, apples, peach, flowering cherry, katsura, are some tree examples.  Flowers include bush and tree peonies, roses, hydrangeas, clematis and various bulbs.  Viburnums, wisteria, smokebush, augusteria, elderberry all add other dimensions. 

It's a work in progress and an ongoing show that we love.

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The Animals

Our sheep live with their guardians:

Cuzi, the llama, lives with moms and lambs;  Iwin, the llama, lives with the general population in another set of pastures; Ernie, the llama, lives with another set of ewes and wethers on 20 acres at one of our daughters. Pavo, lives in the back pastures with the rams.  Bonnieux, (french for good eyes) our Great Pyrenees overseeing it all - nodding approval. He is a very good dog. Rocky is fairly new to the farm but fitting in nicely.  He is all happy and joy and wanting to learn more how to harness his hard wired genetics to herd.