Thirteen Mile brings you certified organic lamb and wool from our flock of sheep in southwestern Montana. Tender grassfed lamb, along with yarns, hats, mittens and other wool products are things you can buy, but you are sharing in much more when you do so.
Care for the land, our animals (both meat and fiber), and our neighbors (both wild and human), drive this work-in-progress. We've learned a lot in 30+ years at this special spot, but there's always more change afoot.
For updates on our flock, the wool mill, and how to find the wool products ("comfort food for the hands"), welcome to our farm and our website. Our flock is dominantly Romney, with some Corriedale, Border Leicester and South African Meat Merino genetics in the mixture.
We stay with medium frame animals with medium grade wool; this seems to yield the mild meat we prefer and the lustrous, soft, long wool fleeces that dominate our wool products.
For the last fourteen years, we've been processing our wool as well as fiber from producers all over the country in our big white barn. In January 2018, the mill moved ~8 miles away to the home of LaVonne and Chris Stucky who purchased that portion of our business.
We'll still be producing the fiber and making our products with Thirteen Mile wool, but the carding and spinning business is now run by LaVonne, who worked at the mill when it was here. The Wool Mill is thriving under Lavonne's leadership, and we have returned our primary energies to the land at Thirteen Mile.
Please visit our Yarn page to see the selection of naturally dyed yarns we are offering. We also offer Hats, Mittens, and Crocheted Rugs for sale from our fibers. We can also offer roving and batts for felting and other projects you need wool for.
Those who have followed our site for a long time know that predator friendly ranching, renewable energy, and other practices on the land and in the mill reflect our hopes of learning to "farm as if nature matters"*.
Ruby, our donkey, currently heads up the predator part by protecting the flock from native carnivores, with some help from Brook who has been known to bravely chase away coyotes.
As we build this website we'll share more about the rest of it.