Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet

by Catherine Friend


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What do you do when you love your farm . . . but it doesn't love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it's not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it's time to hang up her shepherd's crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us -- and the planet -- would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818448
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catherine Friend is the author of Hit by a Farm and The Compassionate Carnivore, as well as several children's books and novels. She farms in Minnesota with her partner of twenty-eight years.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Muffins Go Farming

Shocking 3

Sheepishness 7

No Snowballs on This Farm 14

Getting Naked 19

Freakishly Exotic People 23

Spinning in Circles 27

Sheep Sex and Other Natural Disasters 32

The Failed Environmentalist 38

Minnesota Cranky 43

The King and I 47

Brokeback Farm 49

Searching for Memoirs by Moonlight 55

Part 2 Telling Farm Tales

To Sproing and Worfl 63

The First Pasture Goddess 67

My Nursery 74

A Gaggle of Goddesses 78

A Cure for Writer's Block 84

Enough Happy Endings? 89

Does This Bale Make Me Look Fat? 94

Tending the Vineyard 98

The Perfect Nest 102

The Farmer's Wife 106

Just Ducky 110

The Incredible Shrinking Jeans 115

This Is Your Brain on Oxytocin 119

Part 3 Spinning Yarns

Woolology 101 127

Turquoise Treasure 133

Super Sheep 138

The Fuzzy Patriots 143

The Queen of Do-It-Yourself 148

Greener Than You Think 152

And Photogenic, to Boot 157

Of Warp and Woof 163

Counting Bed Mites 167

A Recipe for Carpal Tunnel 171

The Stealthy Flock 175

Re-cycle. Re-create. Re-enjoy. 179

We Are the Champions (of Sheep) 184

I'd Turn Back If I Were You 189

Part 4 Unravel

Something's Up 195

Adventures of the Backup Farmer 198

Holy Hanky Panky, Batman 202

Dividing Up the Cake 206

More Babies 210

Not Exactly a Goddess 214

Focus on Feet 217

My Head Is Full of Colors 221

An Intimate Secret 224

Part 5 The Love of You Sings

Real, Not Virtual 231

Wave of the Future 235

Listening to Sheep 240

Rhubarb Sauce and Candy Corn 244

Freaks 'R' Us 247

Sheepish and Proud 251

Acknowledgments 257

Sheepish Mitten and Hat Patterns 259

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